(KAIT/NBC) - There's a growing trend where potential thieves are stealing information right over a person's shoulder.
Sometimes using cell phones in public could give some free rein to personal information from one peek.
Shoulder snooping or visual hacking usually happens in crowded spaces.
Airports, coffee shops, public transit, and college campuses are all prime targets for nosy neighbors. Many take a peek out of harmless curiosity, but it can also be a way to get your personal information.
"This is a low-level invasion of privacy but it could have high impact negative results," said Adam Levin, CyberScout.
Experts say avoid doing sensitive transactions in public places such as entering passwords or credit card numbers.
They also recommended purchasing a privacy screen that's like a tinted window for a phone. Privacy screens are available online and at retailers like best buy. Popular brands generally range from 20 to 50 dollars.
Sitting against the wall in public places and using small font can also help.