What is it about?

The paper talks about shoulder surfing. Shoulder surfing is the act of looking over the shoulder to someone's device screen without consent and without being noticed. Shoulder surfing can happen anywhere where a device is used and anyone can be the shoulder surfer such as friends, family members, strangers etc.

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Why is it important?

The unconsented observation of the device's screen can be done by anyone and anywhere where a device is used. This put's the user's privacy at risk. Since anyone can be the observer, the willingness to adopt a mitigation method depends on the user's relationship with the observer. The social implications of mitigation methods remain unexplored. In this paper, we try to address this gap by interviewing 12 participants about their experiences, choices and views on proposed mitigation methods in the literature.


I hope the results of this paper guide the design of future shoulder surfing mitigation mechanisms.

University of Glasgow

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This page is a summary of: The Interplay between Personal Relationships & Shoulder Surfing Mitigation, September 2021, ACM (Association for Computing Machinery),
DOI: 10.1145/3473856.3474006.
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