How to use a mouse jiggler to make it look like you’re working

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Employers are monitoring productivity more than ever, thanks in part to the boom in remote working.

Employees are turning to gadgets to outsmart monitoring software. An example of such a tool is a mouse mover, or mouse jiggler, which should keep your screen on. I decided to try one to see if it works.

I learned about mouse jigglers on TikTok. A mouse mover is a device that claims to be undetectable by your computer. As the name implies, the device simulates mouse movements, which prevents your computer from going into sleep mode.

Company-issued devices install so-called “tattleware,” or monitoring software, to track employees’ screen time, keyboard use, and clicks. Mouse movement may not help with keyboard use or clicking, but it should address screen time monitoring by keeping your computer screen on.

Here’s how a mouse jiggler works.

How to use a mouse gesture to prevent your computer from going to sleep.

Vaydeer mouse mover.

Sofia Pitt

I ordered a $30 Vaydeer Mouse Jiggler from Amazon and tested it out for a day.

Set up took less than a minute. You simply plug the power cord into your computer’s USB port, or you attach it to the power brick and plug it into the wall. Use the wall for strength if you are paranoid. You probably don’t want any type of device that helps you connect work directly to a work computer, especially since USB ports also cause a whole host of security vulnerabilities.

On the left is an orange power button that you can press to turn it on and off. A turntable moves when it’s on. That’s where you place the mouse’s sensor. Once your mouse is in the correct position, you will see the cursor on your screen move very slowly, preventing your monitor from falling asleep.

Vaydeer mouse mover.

Sofia Pitt

That’s pretty much all. Once your mouse is on the jiggler, you can get up, make lunch, do whatever you want, and your computer won’t go to sleep.

It won’t make you more productive, of course, but it can make some surveillance software think you’re still working, at least if that software checks to see if your computer is up and running.

Transparency for employers is the real answer

We shouldn’t need these gadgets in the first place, though.

I was surprised to learn that employer supervision is more common than I thought. A recent New York Times survey found that 80% of the top 10 private U.S. employers track productivity metrics for individual employees.

And secretly monitoring employees makes them more likely to break the rules these systems are trying to deter, according to a recent Harvard Business Review study.

Transparency is key to maintaining employee morale. Rather than monitoring employees, explaining the scope and purpose of monitoring can increase employee adoption of the practice by about 70%, according to a recent study by Gartner, a management consulting firm.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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