Apple’s New Anti Snooping Measure Might Just Be a Game Changer

Cybersecurity is perhaps the most important thing that anyone would end up wanting to look into, and a big part of the reason why that is the case has to do with the fact that tech companies need to reassure their customers that no matter what happens they would be able to use the various platforms, devices and services they need for their day to day routines without necessarily having to worry about cyberattacks and how these disasters have the potential to impact them in ways that they might not even have considered in the past.

Apple has been great with ensuring that users get a certain level of privacy no matter what, but there are certain things that, it’s fair to say, even Apple might not be able to control. An example of this can be seen with Google Chrome’s Incognito window, something that ostensibly offers users the chance to browser relatively anonymously. The Incognito window, when first opened, features a disclaimer that explains how going incognito will not hide your browsing activity from your ISP, people that control your connection such as your employer, or, in a humorous aside, someone that may be looking over your shoulder.

This quip would bring a smirk to your lips but it’s actually quite true. You can’t hide from someone that is looking at your screen, and up until this point it time it pretty much seemed that this was the way things were going to be all in all. Most people would have assumed that trying to sort an issue like this out would be simply impossible and that this is just a limitation that we would have to live with, but considering the fact that we are living in the age of impossible achievements, it should come as no surprise to you that Apple is trying to patent a potentially game changing update that could give you a level of privacy that might have seem impossible to you previously.

This update essentially involves a gaze dependent display encryption. Essentially, your screen would look garbled and incomprehensible to anyone but you because of the fact that the device would be able to see where your gaze is and only decrypt that part of the screen. Hence, anyone looking over your shoulder would not be able to glean any information from it.

If this ends up being rolled out, it could change the way people think about security and privacy, and it might forge a path that would make other companies more likely to want to make the most of their own potential in this regard.



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