Chris Hoffman

Joined December 2011

Chris Hoffman is a tech blogger and all-around technology addict living in Vancouver, BC. Connect with him on Google+ or Twitter.

Feel free to contact at choffman@makeuseof.com

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Use This PC Cleaner Software To Keep Windows Running Smoothly

2 weeks ago

Overzealous PC cleaning can break things, but some cleaning will help you free up space and keep your system running quickly.

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What Is A Man-In-The-Middle Attack? Security Jargon Explained

2 weeks ago

A man-in-the-middle attack is difficult to identify and defend against. MITM attacks generally don’t depend on infecting computers on either end of the system. Instead, they depend on controlling the communications equipment between two systems. For example, a malicious router offering free Wi-Fi in a public location may perform a man-in-the-middle attack. An Offline¬†Man-in-the-Middle¬†Attack Man-in-the-middle […]

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How To Make Lubuntu Look Like Windows XP

12th July, 2014

If you have a Windows XP user in your life, you may want to try migrating them to Linux so they can use a free, secure operating system still getting security updates.

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What Is DLNA, And Is It Still Used?

11th July, 2014

DLNA was built for a world where local media was king.

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How To Run Firefox OS Apps In Your Android Browser

10th July, 2014

You can now install Firefox OS apps on Android. Firefox for Android supports Mozilla’s “Open Web Apps,” allowing you to install and run Firefox OS apps directly on an Android device.

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Forget The Kill Switch: Secure Your Android Device Today

2nd July, 2014

Google has announced they’ll be adding a kill switch to Android, but until it arrives, you can still secure your Android device by enabling remote locking and wiping features.

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Easily Fix These Common Windows 8.1 Frustrations

1st July, 2014

Windows 8.1 can be frustrating, not just because of how different it is. We’re talking about blurry text, laggy mouse pointers, touchpad issues, and SecureBoot problems — typical Windows annoyances. Here’s how to fix them.

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4 Ways To Reduce Your Mobile Internet Data Usage With Android Apps

30th June, 2014

You can reduce your mobile data usage without doing anything differently on your Android device.

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Edit Image Text With Chrome’s Project Naptha: What It Is & How To Use It

26th June, 2014

Text is normally trapped inside images. With the Project Naptha Chrome extension, you can select, copy, and edit that text with just a few clicks.

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6 Tips To Help You Go Paperless On Android

24th June, 2014

Your Android phone can help you go paperless, replacing all those pieces of paper with a single device in your pocket and some cloud storage.

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Insane Tablet and Phone Touchscreen Repair Tips You Should Avoid

19th June, 2014

These crazy-looking tips will just damage your screen even more.

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How To Activate Windows 8 After An Installation Or Hardware Upgrade

18th June, 2014

Here’s a summary of activation scenarios and a step-by-step rundown of how you can (re-) activate Windows or change your product key. We also show you how to access hidden options.

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10 Dark Windows Themes & Skins To Reduce Eye Strain

13th June, 2014

Do you struggle with headaches or irritated eyes? You may be dealing with eye strain. Computer screens can be glaringly bright, especially in the dark. Dark themes could be your free remedy.

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Is DRM A Threat To Computer Security?

12th June, 2014

DRM is harmful to our security. At best, it’s a necessary evil — and it’s arguably not necessary and isn’t worth the trade-off. Here’s how DRM and the laws that protect it make our computers less secure and criminalize telling us about the problems. DRM Can Open Security Holes Digital Rights Management (DRM) itself can […]

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What Does AnTuTu Benchmark Actually Measure?

6th June, 2014

Here’s what AnTuTu, the popular benchmark app for Android, is actually measuring and what each benchmark means for real-world use.