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    Apr 18, 2019

    19 Products That'll Help You Get More Privacy At Work

    Because it's just not appropriate workplace behavior to scream, "LEAVE ME ALONE!!!" to your colleagues.

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    1. A set of easy-to-attach, reusable blackout monitor screens so you can do whatever work you need to do and take whatever quiz you need to take without anyone's piercing stare.

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    Promising review: "I bought the 24-inch ones for my DELL screens and they fit perfectly. They also provide a nice amount of privacy that I need due to being in an open office area. I turned the brightness to 100% after installation and the brightness is perfect. I would recommend these to anyone. One photo is me sitting right in front of my screens with the screens installed, the other is behind me at a slight angle." —Corie

    Get it from Amazon for $33.45+ (available in six colors and a variety of sizes).

    2. Or if you work off your laptop try a privacy screen designed to fit perfectly and give you privacy wherever you're going.

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    Promising review: "Perfect fit. Does exactly what it is designed to do, which is prevent prying eyes from seeing your computer screen. I work in an open plan office and wanted privacy from people walking past my desk. I also travel a lot and use my laptop in public spaces so I needed the security." —Tebogo

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 13 sizes and four colors).

    3. A discreet little paper shredder that'll fit right on your desk so you can discard of any sensitive (and sometimes personal) documents without having to tote them around for everyone to see.

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    Promising review: "It works great and is compact so it fits pretty much anywhere. Keep in mind that this is more for light duty, not volume shredding. I purchased mine for my office at work to get rid of credit card numbers and other sensitive information that I used to collect and then take to the large shredder. This is far more efficient (had to lock material up until I could find time to shred) and it's convenient, having it right on my desk! I couldn't be happier with this purchase!" —Laurie Fischer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.47.

    4. A sliding magnetic webcam cover you can use on your laptop, tablet, or phone to make sure no one is watching you — well no one over the internet, we can't guarantee your coworkers won't be gawking at you.

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    Promising review: "I bought this cover slide to ensure privacy on my 2016 15" MacBook Pro and my 2017 iMac. It is very thin, so it still allows my laptop to close and go to sleep. It is totally unobtrusive so I'm not even aware that it's installed. It is very easy to open and close the privacy shield, and foolproof camera security. Here's a quick installation hint to make sure you position it properly. Turn on Facetime so that the camera is active and showing an image. You can then be sure you're positioning the cover correctly before you push down to make sure it adheres." —Bocaboy

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.99.

    5. Or if you'd prefer something a little cuter, try this adorable slide cover decorated with a playful panda ready to play peek-a-boo with you! (Rhyming was totally unintentional but, you're welcome.)

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    Users have noted that these have a tougher time sticking to a phone than any other devices since they get thrown around a little bit more.

    Promising review: "Good size. Small enough not to interfere with the speaker or eye light, but big enough to cover my front cell phone camera. Doesn't interfere with taking pictures when open. Hopefully, it will stay put. Only time will tell. Update February 2019: The one on our iPad stayed put. The one on our phone did eventually fall off. Expected as it gets tossed in the purse. On the second panda cover for my phone. Will be ordering again." —Reviews by Dee Cee

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $8.99. (There's also a really cute slide cover with a doggy!)

    6. A portable door lock for some added security at your office, in your room, or when you're traveling; it works by attaching to your door's latch and then securely blocking any movement of the door.

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    Promising review: "I work in an office at work where our doors open inwards towards me at my desk, I'm a developer and we often have Nerf battles in the hallways. On occasion, my coworkers get a little too worked up and open my door to shoot me when I'm not really in the mood. Sometimes it got to be more than just on occasion. I got this lock to prevent them from coming inside. It works like a charm. They tried picking it. They tried sliding credit cards in the door. They tried everything they could think of, they couldn't get in. I was sitting at my desk laughing out loud at them. It was perfect, great product, exactly as described." —Glenn

    Get it from Amazon for $10.03.

    7. An identity-theft-protecting blackout roller stamp designed to help you secure and protect your documents before you throw them out.

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    Promising review: "I liked this product so much I bought another one as a gift. It works as promised, and you really cannot read what is underneath the stamp. A black permanent marker wasn't working very well and sometimes shredding takes too long. This is a great product." —Figs5

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in black or white) and get a two-pack of ink refills (six refills) for $6.99.

    8. A pack of phone privacy screens so your long-winded text message rants can be safe from any prying eyes.

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    Promising review: "I have had several privacy screens and this is probably my favorite so far. They seem to last about three months for me — I am quite clumsy and drop my phone daily. So the screen protector eventually gets cracked. This one was the easiest by far to put on. And great for using your phone at work when you don't want everyone in your business." —JJJEDB4Ever

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99 (works for iPhone X, also available for iPhone 7 and 8).

    9. A pair of cordless noise-canceling headphones designed with super-soft ear cuffs, Bluetooth capability, and a backup cord — you may not be able to truly escape your chatty colleagues but at least you can drown them out with a soundtrack of your own choosing.

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    PS: These are one of our BuzzFeed Reviews picks for best wireless headphones!

    Promising review: "I'm not a techie or gamer, so this is just your average person's review. I love these because they are completely around the ear (your ear ends up in a little soft house), comfortable for my bigger-than-average head. I can wear them over my large plastic framed glasses without issue, the controls on the side are great. They are mic-wireless and speaker-wireless, easy to set up with both PCs and Macs (I am using them across several devices at home and at work), rechargeable (no more need for constantly consumed batteries), and there is no sound leakage. For the money, these headphones are AWESOME! I'm seriously glad that I purchased them." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in seven colors).

    10. A lockable, non-transparent, and odor-proof lunch bag so those pesky lunch thieves can steal someone else's lunch for once!

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    Promising review: "I love this bag! And the lock is genius, it uses the holes at the end of the zipper to lock the zipper in place with a combination. The bag is made out of strong durable material. I can keep some of my smaller girly essentials under lock and key. And I loved the added benefit of it being smell-proof. The only thing that would make it even better is a variety of different colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in three colors) and if you're looking for one with a top handle, check out this lockable lunch bag.

    11. Or just go with a creepy crawly baggie that'll have people running away before they even get a chance to steal your lunch.

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    Promising review: "These are so fun and funny! Some are flies and some are roaches. They are AMAZINGLY realistic — I obviously know they're just pictures but they still startle me sometimes. I bought some for my sister to use when she takes her lunch to work. Someone kept eating her food out of the shared refrigerator and this stopped them....for a while at least. Also makes a fun gag gift." —Jack

    Get a box of 24 from Amazon for $8.58 and if you're not into plastic bags, try these reusable bag clips.

    12. An investment-worthy frosted acrylic clamp-on desk divider, because whoever created the "open office" concept obviously had their own private office.

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    Promising review: "This is perfect! The desks in my office are wide open with no partitions. This is just high enough to block everything within my peripheral and offer a degree of privacy. The price is very high for a piece of plastic and a clamp, but it does the job and gives peace of mind, so it was worth it." —Philly Love

    Get it from Amazon for $57+ (available in 11 sizes).

    13. Or travel back to the fourth grade and get yourself an old school corrugate privacy board so your neighbor won't cheat off your test — and your colleague won't keep on bothering you.

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    Promising review: "They are good boards and the black color is well applied and well because they're cardboardy, it's cost-effective over the fancier plastic ones." —Andrew

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.

    14. A portable six-sound white noise machine, because if you're lucky enough to have your own office this might help in letting your personal convos within in it from being overheard — or maybe it'll just help you drown out any outside noisiness.

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    Choose from six relaxing digitally recorded sounds: white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, and brook.

    Promising review: "Much cheaper and more versatile than those other sound machines. The rain setting makes the room feel so cozy and helps blend over the sounds from my rude neighbors who like to rev up their motorcycles every morning at 6:30 a.m. before burning rubber down the street. I don't use it on a high enough volume to actually cover the sounds of said rude neighbor, but at a medium volume, it's enough to allow me to sleep through the neighborhood sounds. It also helps cover the sounds of late-night fireworks and bass on any random night of the year people seem to think is a night for boisterous celebration. My partner was initially skeptical, but now he likes it as much as I do. He slept in very late one day off because he said he kept waking up and thinking it was rainy outside, and now he always wants to use it." —baela

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in three colors).

    15. Or splurge on a sound machine complete with 10 fan sounds, 10 ambient noise variations, volume control, and a sleep timer (just in case you wanna George Costanza it up and take a nap under your desk).

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    Promising review: "Moved into a brand spanking new office space that is so quiet you can hear every flatulence, chip crunch, carrot bite, soup slurp, (boorish) conversation, whisper or otherwise, every phone call (if I concentrate hard enough, both sides), keyboard click, mouse movement, tummy rumble, footstep (nicknamed a couple of new clod hoppers), sniff, sneeze, coffee slurp, burp, soda can opening, staple punch, paper printed, knuckle cracking annoyance from every inch of the 4000 square foot expedient path to nightmarish hell...then the LectroFan arrived. Peace came. Will to live returned. Murderous thoughts dissipated. Does exactly as is says. You should buy it. You should buy two. Countless co-workers owe this their lives." —Sanity Restored

    Get it from Amazon for $43+ (available in five colors and three styles).

    16. A portable pocket-sized voice isolation microphone that'll allow you to scream out all your frustrations without anyone hearing you.

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    Get it from Talk Technologies for $289.

    17. A convenient little pop-up tent so you can create your own little private space anywhere in your office — might seem a little dramatic but honestly, when you need some alone time you just need it!

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    Promising review: "Worked great for port-a-potty for the eclipse. We loved it and got lots of laughs. A little complicated to figure out how to twist it back down but ok once we figured it out." —Gwen White

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95.

    18. A pair of noise-reducing curtains designed using a triple-weave blackout fabric perfect if you have an office with an indoor facing window or glass door and you need help muffling outside noises, blocking out light, and keeping it cool or warm.

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    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about these curtains. I was delightfully surprised just by how nice they feel and look for a blackout/noise-reducing solution. The blackout is 100% and the noise was reduced by 50% or more. Before the curtains were hung, we heard a train that sounded as if it was coming through the house. Now with the curtains, the sound of the train seems distant. Although you still can hear it, it's remarkably reduced. The grommets slide easily to open and close. The packaging folds and wrinkles were easily steamed out with a decent small handheld steamer." —Joanne Famularo

    Get a set of two panels from Amazon for $19.49+ (available in 42" x 62", 42" x 84", and in 18 colors).

    19. And a handy little Do Not Disturb sign to let people know whether or not you're available to deal with their bulls#!% at that given moment.

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    Promising review: "Love it. I have a cordial sense of humor at work. I have a cube and office etiquette is to knock on the cube wall. So I cut up an old sport schedule magnet, glued it to the back of this and then slapped it on the metal cabinet above my cube. Now, the 'do not disturb' part I would use only conservatively if at all. It's sanitized office fun and the coworkers get that." —bb

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90.

    Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to get a little privacy at work.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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