Consumers creeping and peeking, reveals HP survey

3 out of 4 Americans check out other people’s screens, and read unclaimed docs on office printer trays.

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Whether the temptation is too great or a reflection of humans’ natural nosiness, creeping and peeking on co-workers is shockingly common. Three out of of four employed Americans admit to creeping, or checking out someone else’s computer screen, a recent HP study, conducted as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) revealed.

By exposing what HP dubs consumers””secret behaviors,” the survey was designed to analyze how human behavior impacts business and personal decisions and demonstrates the need for online personal privacy to evolve. Data isn’t being stolen outright, but an invasion of privacy is a kind of hacker attack.

Additionally, 73% admit to peeking and looking at unclaimed documents in shared office printer trays; 73% also creep on co-workers’ computer or phone screens. 

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And, whether they know it is in their own human nature or cynical suspicion, 83% of all Americans worry about and actually restrict what they look at in public, because they’re concerned about what others’ might see on their screens. Given how quickly someone can be exposed on social media, it is unsurprising, as demonstrated by a recent viral TikTok, in which someone took a photo of a guy perusing Porn Hub on a public computer at the library.

Peeking on someone else’s screen at home, work, or on a commute is far more common than thought, divulged the HP survey, which was comprised of 3,000 general consumers, and 1,500 office workers across Canada, the UK, and the US.

Americans, it appears, want to…