shoulder surfing

"Shoulder surfing" is a term that refers to someone standing over your shoulder to obtain private and sensitive information as you complete a form using your personal information, enter in your PIN or password, or even when dialing a telephone number. Shoulder surfing can also be accomplished from a very far distance by using binoculars. To prevent this from happening you should always shield your paperwork and keyboard from the view of others.

See also : cyberfraud  identity theft  
NetLingo Classification: Online Jargon