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New Firefox Add-On Allows You to Disguise Web Pages at Work

Brilliant or Baffling? Decreased Productivity Firefox Add-On

Policies on recreationally surfing the web vary from workplace to workplace, but the truth is that (almost) all of us do it. But that doesn’t mean we want everyone around us to see exactly how much time we’re spending browsing, say, the PopSugar Network, does it? A new Firefox add-on called Decreased Productivity could be the solution. The program adds a small button to the bottom of your browser screen that when clicked turns your flashy, graphics-filled web page (below left) into a bland, imageless page filled with black and blue text (below right).

This add-on could be useful, especially if you work in an office that imposes unfair, strict Internet rules. On the other hand, if you feel the need to hide what you’re looking at, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it anyway. What do you think?

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I might use this at home if it makes pages load faster.
Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
That's great- even if you are looking at something innocent like Popsugar or whatever I still would like to tone it down to something more descreet and less glossy & pink & bright so it's not so obvious that I'm not doing work related browsing.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
omg, so true syako ! I had to defriend a girl on FB b/c her facebook photo looked like porn.
syako syako 7 years
Oh and especially avatars! Some people have avatars that are ridiculously nsfw.
syako syako 7 years
On the other hand, if you feel the need to hide what you’re looking at, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it anyway. I have to disagree with this a little, because sometimes the images shown even on Sugar network are totally not appropriate for work and if I have images turned on and a coworker glances at my computer as I'm just browsing through headlines, I might be pretty embarrassed. My point is sometimes the content you are looking at is totally decent, but the images on the side bar or around it might be something you'd never click on at work, but they're screaming at you anyway. :)
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
oh there's a ton of these! most will hide certain things from your cache/history/address bar, others you can rename the tab or hide the tab from the actual tab bar.
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