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The Low-Tech Hack You're Not Prepared For Haven't heard of visual hacking? It could be a real threat to your business, says Daniel Burks, senior VP and enterprise chief privacy officer for U.S. Bank.

By Mikal E. Belicove

This story appears in the September 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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We're inundated with terrifying tales of computer hacking. But seldom discussed is the relatively low-tech act of visual hacking: That's when a snoop sneaks a peek at or photographs your sensitive information. In a Ponemon Institute experiment conducted on behalf of 3M and the Visual Privacy Advisory Council, an undercover hacker posing as a contractor or part-time worker was able to obtain sensitive info (like log-in credentials) 88 percent of the time.

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