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Stuck at your desk? Feeling unmotivated? I guarantee you ninety-nine percent of desk-job workers do what you do: surf the Web for a while.

Alas, this could backfire if co-workers find out and let your boss know you're wasting company time. So here are some excellent tips on how to hide your reacreational Web surfing during work hours.
First up -- ever heard of workFRIENDLY? It's a tool that lets you disguise Web pages as Word documents, complete with the toolbars and everything. Pretty cunning, huh? I took a peek, but haven't tried it myself. However, it's created quite a buzz out there.

Before jumping onboard with workFRIENDLY, however, consider checking out PlagiarismToday's cautionary tale titled "workFRIENDLY: An Accidental Scraper."

Read about more tips on how to hide your web surfing after the break.

A LifeHacker reader reports you can also adjust the settings of your Internet browser for a "bare bones" display sans images. Yes, you're still surfing the Web as usual, but it's a lot more discreet. Firefox users can achieve this by clicking "View," then "Page Style," then select "No Style."

Next cool tip -- "hide" your Web browser window by resizing it to fit inside your Outlook preview pane. For someone glancing into your cubicle, it appears as though you're dealing with email. Too clever!

Finally, use body language to your advantage -- frown at the screen, mumble, type, and curse from time to time. Most people will just assume you're tackling a tough job or computer issue. Sneaky, that one. But are you devious enough to pull it off?


  • pacheco

    Another Tip: If someone walks by, highlight some text and hit ctrl + c. Makes it look like you had a work-related reason for being on the site (or at least it does in my profession).

  • sitruc

    If any of these work it is because your boss doesn't care and not because you pulled one over on him or her. I was expecting to read about methods to get around keylogs or setting up a server to get around firewalls.

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