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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Keep Out Prying Eyes With A Computer Privacy Screen

20th February, 2015

Are your co-workers paying too much attention to your display? A privacy screen can help – here are your options.


Make a Noise with Soundboard Apps for Windows 8

19th February, 2015

Play a funny noise, a popular quote, or any custom audio with the click of a button. Choose from a library of audio files or create your own custom soundboard.


How to Download an APK from Google Play to Bypass Restrictions

18th February, 2015

Need to get your hands on the installable APK file for an app from Google Play? We got you covered.


Quadcopter Malware Proves Connected Toys Are A Security Risk

17th February, 2015

We’ve recently learned that malware has been introduced to a quadcopter toy, a revelation that has left security-conscious parents concerned.


Is Your ISP Making Your Home Network Insecure?

31st January, 2015

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

30th January, 2015

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

30th January, 2015

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

29th January, 2015

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

29th January, 2015

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

28th January, 2015

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

28th January, 2015

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

27th January, 2015

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

26th January, 2015

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?

26th January, 2015

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

22nd January, 2015

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.