Guy McDowell

Joined December 2008

The Hi-Tech Redneck ® has 20+ years of IT and Technical Trades experience. Working with people, or on my own, I strive to do the best job possible in the best manner possible. Keep in touch: Twitter - Google+

Feel free to contact at guy@makeuseof.com

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Is Your Android Leaking Information? Check With ViaProtect

8th May, 2014

Ever wonder just who your Android communicates with in the background? Perhaps you’re not as inquisitive (or paranoid) as I am, yet you should give this app a try anyway. What your Android device tells others, and who those others are, just might surprise or shock you! The primary goal of the viaProtect app, developed by […]

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3 Dash Cam Apps For Android, Compared: Which One Can Protect You Best?

2nd May, 2014

Should you spend a few hundred dollars on a stand-alone dash cam or should you use the camera and GPS device you already have – your Android smartphone? Let’s find out.

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Buying A Paper Shredder For Your Home Office

16th April, 2014

Not concerned about identity theft? How about cyberstalking? Are you sure that no one is going through your garbage? How about your paper recycling? Sure, no one is parking beside your house and going through the bags, but what about after it’s picked up? Dumps aren’t renowned for their security. You should consider getting a […]

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How To Format A Write Protected USB Flash Drive

2nd April, 2014

32GB of sweet USB flash drive storage space just sits in your office drawer, ironically taking up space. Why? Because it’s write protected and you can’t format the stupid thing! Or can you?

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Don’t Fall Foul of the Scammers: A Guide To Ransomware & Other Threats

1st April, 2014

There are people making millions from meddling with your computer. Every click and e-mail can bring you within reach of them. How do you protect yourself? By learning what techniques they use and what you can do about them. Here’s your guide to ransomware and the other threats that you might encounter. Ransomware Ransomware is […]

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How Microsoft’s Windows Could Win Its Users Back

18th March, 2014

Can Microsoft afford to lose 30% of its market share? That’s how many people are still using Windows XP today. Time to re-invest into a new Windows, one that works, is lean, and open.

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LOCKiosk – Make Your Kid’s Android Tablet or Phone Safer

14th February, 2014

Talking with your kids and teaching them better ways to use their Android is a great start, yet there are many ways they can make mistakes and get into trouble with a phone or tablet.

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Turn Windows Into A WiFi Hotspot & Share Your Internet Connection

13th February, 2014

You’ve got an Internet connection via a network cable. Can you wirelessly share that connection with other devices? Can you make your Windows computer run like a WiFi router? In short: Yes!

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Now Is The Time: Tips To Go Online & Plan For Your Retirement

5th February, 2014

Now is the time to start planning for your retirement. Now is the time to take control of it, and put the responsibility back into your hands. Work at it with some web tools.

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The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts For Various Geeks

3rd February, 2014

When it comes to the cerebral type, it really is the thought that counts.

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New Android Phone? Here Are The 4 Apps You Must Install Right Away

13th January, 2014

Were you the lucky recipient of a new Android phone over the holidays? If you were, you are in for a real treat.

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Mount and Use .IMG Files With These Free Tools

31st December, 2013

Don’t let the terminology mislead or turn you off! .IMG files are useful for everyone who uses CDs or DVDs on a regular basis. We demonstrate how to use them.

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3 Unique Ways To Remotely Control Your Windows Desktop

23rd December, 2013

Care for a little remote desktop control magic? We present non mainstream methods for accessing your computer remotely using a Chrome extension, SSH clients, or over the air using your mobile device.

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Holiday Shopping List: For Those Who Live At The Bleeding Edge Of Tech

9th December, 2013

What do you get the person who has everything before everyone else?

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Finally Joined Pinterest? These 5 Boards Will Get You Started

22nd November, 2013

Did you finally jump on the Pinterest band wagon? If you haven’t got a Pinterest account just yet, go and create one. Then come back here, you’ll be glad you did.