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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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.


How To Install An Operating System To Your Raspberry Pi

21st January, 2015

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

20th January, 2015

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.


Trying To Delete A Media File On Your Android Device? This Is How!

27th December, 2014

Is there a pesky file on your Android device that you want to delete, but can’t? Let us step you through how to do it.


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.