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What is Shoulder Surfing | Definition and Meaning

Last modified on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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Defining Shoulder Surfing

Shoulder Surfing refers to physically observing a user entering sensitive information into a device, for example by watching over their shoulders or by observing the user through video recording, such as with CCTV. Shoulder surfing can also refer to glancing or staring at someone's phone in public, like public transport out of curiosity, nosiness, or boredeom, but without otherwise malicious intent.

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