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Take care of shoulder surfing

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You can never know what someone's intention is.

Watch out about shoulder surfing, here is what you should do.

  1. One way of stealing the password is standing behind an individual and over look their password while they are typing it (Shoulder Surfing) .
  2. Shoulder Surfing is a direct observation technique, such as looking over someone's shoulder, to get passwords, PINs, other sensitive personal information and even listen in on your conversation if you give your credit-card number over the phone.
  3. Shoulder surfing is easily done in crowded places. It’s comparatively easy to stand next to someone and watch as they fill out a form, enter a PIN number at an ATM machine, or use a calling card at a public pay phone.
  4. It can also be done long distance with the help of binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices.Your confidential information will be at risk if your passwords are observed by Shoulder Surfers.
  5. They can use your password information for logging into your account and they may do harm to your information

How to prevent it?

1. Be aware of Shoulder Surfers at public places or schools while you are entering your passwords into the login accounts.

2. Do not reveal your passwords in front of others or type your usernames and passwords before the unauthorized persons.

3. Cover the keyboard with paper or hand or something else from viewed by unauthorized users.