Christian Cawley

Joined December 2011

Christian Cawley is MakeUseOf's security editor, Android tinkerer, Windows Phone mentalist, and Doctor Who fan. Follow him as @thegadgetmonkey on Twitter.

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Is Your ISP Making Your Home Network Insecure?

11 hours ago

Is your router letting intruders onto your home network? Don’t be caught out by home router security issues, brought onto you by your own ISP! We show you how to test your router.


Use These Skype Privacy Settings to Secure Your Account

2 days ago

Is your Skype account secure? Do you have the best privacy settings configured on your desktop or mobile Skype app? We look at how to secure your account when using the popular VOIP service.


Cortana Arrives on the Desktop & Here’s What She Can Do for You

2 days ago

Is Microsoft’s intelligent digital assistant as competent on the Windows 10 desktop as she is on Windows Phone? Cortana has a lot of expectation on her shoulders. Let’s see how she holds up.


Buy Your Board Games Online From These Sites

3 days ago

Online, you’ll find some great stores for buying board games of all kinds, so if you’re looking to break away from the console or PC, this is the place to start.


How To Get Paid Android Apps For Free, Legally

3 days ago

Are there paid apps in the Play Store that you want, but just can’t afford? Don’t worry. It’s possible to snag those apps for free.


How to Use Your Smartphone As a Webcam for Your Computer

4 days ago

Lacking a webcam? Use your Android device as a webcam for your computer!


Looking For A DIY Home Security System Solution? Try One Of These

4 days ago

In the age of digital technology and always connected hardware, setting up a home security system should transcend the art of putting an alarm-shaped box on the wall.


5 Ways Passwords & Other Data Can Be Stolen From Right Under Your Nose

5 days ago

If you lose your password to criminals, your entire existence can potentially be rewritten. Protect yourself.


Anatomy of a Scam: The “Windows Tech Support” Con Examined

6 days ago

They’re constantly on the prowl: cold calling scammers claiming to be from “Windows Tech Support”. We were targeted by one of these con artists and here’s what happened.


Is Registry Mechanic a Virus, And How Can You Remove It?

6 days ago

There’s one registry fixer that promises much while being rubbish, and ransomware, at the same time: PC Tools Registry Mechanic. Fortunately, it can be removed with relative ease.


Got A New Windows Phone? Get Up To Speed With These Tutorials

1 week ago

Suddenly found that you’re the owner of a new Windows Phone? Switching to a new mobile OS can be something of a culture shock. Fear not, we’re here to introduce you.


How To Install An Operating System To Your Raspberry Pi

2 weeks ago

Here’s how to get a new OS installed and running on your Pi – and how to clone your perfect setup for quick disaster recovery.


How To Make Chromecast Your Smart Media Centre

2 weeks ago

At just $18, the Chromecast is an unmistakably great way to make your TV “smart”, but it can feel a bit of a one-trick pony once the initial euphoria wears off.


Why Snapchat & iMessage Could Really Be Banned In The UK

16th January, 2015

Speaking to a room full of party activists in Nottingham, Prime Minister David Cameron declared that encryption for messaging would be banned should his party gain a majority at the next General Election.


Security Failings Highlight Importance Of Voting With Your Wallet

13th January, 2015

Online greetings card store Moonpig exposed customer data to hackers for at least 15 months, despite warnings from an expert about a security flaw.