Definition of shoulder surfing in English:

shoulder surfing

Pronunciation /ˈSHōldərˌsərfiNG/ /ˈʃoʊldərˌsərfɪŋ/


  • The practice of spying on the user of an ATM, computer, or other electronic device in order to obtain their personal access information.

    • ‘Bushell believes suggestions that chip and PIN will lead to an increase in shoulder-surfing and street robbery is ridiculous scaremongering.’
    • ‘Provided that these brain signals can be recorded and processed in an accurate and repeatable way, a pass-thought system might provide a quasi two-factor, changeable, authentication method resistant to shoulder-surfing.’