April Fools’ prank ideas for computers and smartphones

If your mouse stops working on Friday, check for scotch tape on the bottom.

If you really want to play a digital prank this April Fools’ Day, try one of these:

When the person leaves their computer for a moment, right click any space on the desktop, then click on view. This brings up several options. Uncheck "show desktop options" to hide every file and program on the screen.

Combine that with changing the speed of the mouse pointer. Slow it down and add pointer trails. The mouse barely moves and looks as though there’s a big problem. Not only will it drive your friend crazy, it’ll keep the company’s IT expert busy.

You better have a lot of job security if you do this at work.

If they walk away with Facebook open, click on the padlock icon at the top right when they’re not looking, then choose "more settings." Change the language to Leet speak, which translates some letters to numbers.

It’s just different enough to make them think there’s a problem. Or choose English upside down, which is self explanatory. Don’t worry, it’s an easy fix. You’ll just have to show them.

If you can somehow get your hands on their phone and it isn’t locked, have Siri call them a different name. This one is just cruel. 

Again, you’ll need to somehow get their phone and maybe their password. Download an alarm clock app called Walk up Alarm Clock, then set an alarm. The sound is of a person screaming, and the only way to turn it off is to take steps. That’s it. You can’t turn it down or off any other way. That one is incredibly cruel, but it could be dangerous. Don’t use it unless you know for sure they won’t be driving.

And remember what they say about paybacks. And one other piece of advice: if you don’t want to fall victim, set a passcode on your phone. Won’t Friday be fun? 

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