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The jiggle is up: bosses bust staff who fake computer activity

The jiggle is up: bosses bust staff who fake computer activity
Mouse jigglers like this one prevent the computer going into sleep mode and the screensaver from activating. (Image: By Jamsim1975, Wikipedia)
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By Sanvi Bangalore It’s getting harder to outsmart the digital minders at work. The rise of remote work and, in turn, employee-monitoring software sparked a boom in mouse and keyboard jigglers and other hacks to help staffers fake computer activity – often so they can step away to do laundry or a school pickup.Now, some companies are cracking down on the subterfuge, deploying tools that can better spot the phony busywork.The latest salvo in this productivity-tracking arms race came in a recent regulatory filing from Wells...

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