Spy vs. Spy

If people knew what you’re doing, would they be highly motivated to spy on you?  The two keys to obstructing spies from seeing your screen are keeping the screen angle where they cannot see it, and when they can see view the screen be ready by using StopWatch.


  1. Face the door:  Move your screen and desk so people can’t see your screen when they come into your office.  Facing the door is ideal.  Forgiveness is easier than permission:  Employees have a good chance of not being asked to turn back around once they’ve adjusted their space so that they’re facing the door.  ‘It creeps me out to have people walk in behind me.’
  2. You back is to the door:  If there is no physical way to face the door, it’s time for a 3M Privacy Filter.  Apply the 3M privacy screen, then angle your screen so someone walking in has to maneuver directly behind you to see your screen in focus.  This will buy you some time take countermeasures when someone enters.



Point your webcam so that it captures someone walking into your space buy not someone who is just walking past.


Turn on the Boss-key trigger so you can type ‘Alt-x’ to control for unpredictably chaotic moments, such as if your webcam is not attached one day, etc.  Boss-key practice makes perfect.  Practice reaching for Alt-x.  Visualize someone entering your space and then reach for Alt-x.  Get very used to it.  Try it when sitting and standing at odd angles and from the keyboard until it’s very natural.  It’s smart to get into the habit of turning off the power on your screen when people walk in, so that you train them to expect you to get rid of all distractions so you can give them your undivided attention.


If you’re not using your webcam, and you need tight security, but you know there will be situations where reaching for Alt-x is going to create suspicion, set your Idle-time trigger for a low threshold of 1 minute.  Standup and make 1 minute of conversation to block the visitor from your screen until StopWatch has time Kill or Hide your program.  Keep the guest standing on the backside of your screen by stepping around the desk to shake hands and talk standing up for at least a minute.  NOTE:  That minute will seem a lot longer than it actually is.



For Word, Excel, Acrobat, PowerPoint and any other programs that would be at risk from ‘Kill’ not saving your unsaved work.


For Skype-class messengers and any teleconferencing software, browsers, games.

Personal laptop with its own network like Clear:  Take it right into work and use it for your negotiating and etc.  Then you own your networking data passes through Clear’s network not your corporate network.  So, the company cannot spy on your negotiations.

Protecting yourself from a stalker at work:

See the actions for Spy vs Spy above.


If you suspect you have an IT employee stalker reading your corporate email and breaching your business and personal communications, take action:

  1. Report him or her to Human Resources.  Request to speak with a manager at least two levels above the IT worker, so that the worker’s boss has full exposure and will be obligated to stalk the stalker to verify if your claims are true or false.
  2. Then start using a personal laptop on a 4G network like ‘Clear’, or your personal cell phone for all personal communications.  Be sure WIFI is not enabled for your device on the corporate network.
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