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Boss Screen/Key

A boss screen (often accompanied by a boss key) is an application intended to conceal non-work activities in the workplace. Typically, the boss screen is triggered by a keyboard shortcut or other easy to fire off physical trigger (this is known as the boss key). Once triggered, the screen hides the non-work activity and makes it appear as if the employee is hard at work. For example, the employee might be checking stock prices, browsing eBay, or otherwise slacking off on their duties, but when the boss key is triggered, the web browser minimizes and the application they should be working in is maximized.

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