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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WiFi Direct: Windows Wireless File Transfer That’s Faster Than Bluetooth

25th December, 2014

Wireless data sharing from a Windows 8 computer to another device comes with its challenges. With Bluetooth and WiFi Direct we tested two popular and widely available solutions. This is what we found…


The Killer Hack To Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts On Your Computer

23rd December, 2014

Your photo stream is popular. So much that you’ve decided to start a second Instagram account. But how will you manage them? On a smartphone you have the option of installing multiple client apps, but what can you do to manage multiple Instagram accounts on your desktop computer? The Instagram Website: Not For Desktops Instagram […]


Why You Should Upgrade To Internet Explorer 11 Now

22nd December, 2014

Restoring Internet Explorer to a browser that people actually wanted to use was always going to be a hard road, but it’s just possible that with Internet Explorer 11 this stage has been reached.


Avoid Falling Victim To These Three Ransomware Scams

20th December, 2014

Several prominent ransomware scams are in circulation at the moment; let’s go over three of the most devastating, so you can recognise them.


Why Safe Torrenting Died With The Pirate Bay

20th December, 2014

As far as “popular” torrenting is concerned, the comparative safety that existed at The Pirate Bay is gone, and safe torrent downloads with it.


How To Transfer Files From Android To PC

19th December, 2014

Need to get a file from your Android phone or tablet to your Windows PC? It’s actually pretty easy. Here’s how to do it.


New Malware Highlights Importance Of Updating & Securing Your WordPress Blog

17th December, 2014

When a malware infection as devastating as the newly discovered comes along, it is vital that WordPress blog owners act. Fast.


Best Of Windows 8 Modern Apps

15th December, 2014

Windows 8 Modern apps have come a long way. Meanwhile, you can choose from a considerable selection, free and paid. We have picked out the ones worth your while.


How To Embed A YouTube Video & Other Media In Your PowerPoint Presentation

12th December, 2014

Typical presentations are dull affairs with text and corporate backgrounds providing little of interest. Media files can lighten up the experience. We show you how to embed even videos.


5 More Raspberry Pi Upgrades To Consider

11th December, 2014

Raspberry Pi mini computers tend to attract different types of user, all of whom are interested in making the friendly little computer as useful as possible. It doesn’t have to be about media centres and making an old printer wireless; there is so much more that the Raspberry Pi can do, such as running motors, and […]


Cortana Arrives In Europe – How To Get It Now & What You Need To Know

10th December, 2014

Cortana is coming. Microsoft’s digital personal assistant has been rolled out across Europe, a step that suggests that her presence is being prepared not only for Windows Phone but also for Windows 10.


10 Social Mobile Apps That Breach Your Teenager’s Privacy

9th December, 2014

Your children have become proto-adults, beginning to grow up. Like their friends, they spend a lot of time using smartphones, tablets and computers in a way you could only dream of.


How To Add a Reset Switch To Your Raspberry Pi

8th December, 2014

Removing and replacing the USB power cable puts undue wear and tear on your Raspberry Pi, particularly the power port itself. What the system really needs is a reset switch, but sadly none was included.


How To Extract Files From ZIP, RAR, 7z & Other Common Archives

4th December, 2014

Were you ever faced with a .rar file and wondered how to open it? Fortunately, managing ZIP files and other compressed archives is simple with the right tools. Here is what you need to know.


The Best VPN Services

3rd December, 2014

We’ve compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly.