Matt Smith

Joined May 2010

Matthew Smith is a freelance writer living in Portland Oregon. He also writes for Twitter or .

Feel free to contact at mattsmith@makeuseof.com

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Track Who’s Using Your Windows Computer When You’re Not Around

1 day ago

A password is not enough to lock strangers out. If you suspect someone is accessing your Windows account, catch them red handed with the following tools.

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Don’t Be Fooled! 5 Tips To Avoid Fake Apps In The Windows Store

4 days ago

The Windows Store has been spoiled by useless junkware and scams. Microsoft recently purged many fake apps, but the store still features questionable apps. We show you how not to get scammed.

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Want To Ditch Big Business And Protect Your Privacy? Here’s How

5 days ago

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others have come to dominate every aspect of our online lives because they offer almost so much for free. Email, cloud storage, document editing, photo hosting and more can be accessed without paying a cent. Instead you have to pay with something that you may not think is valuable, but can prove […]

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How To Stop Your Entire Desktop PC Or Home Office From Being Stolen

5 days ago

Over a million computers are stolen in the United States alone every year. The majority of these systems are laptops, but desktops can also end up the victim of a heist. Modern computers are relatively small, making them easier for thieves to walk out with, and computers are easy to sell on on eBay or […]

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Cover Your Home: How To Find and Remove Wireless Blind Spots  

1 week ago

Here’s how to find – and eliminate – these wireless dead zones.

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How To Remove Bloatware & Avoid It On New Laptops

2 weeks ago

Tired of software you never wanted consuming your laptop’s resources? Your computer isn’t free ad space. Here’s how to get rid of bloatware.

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GSM Vs. CDMA: What Is The Difference And Which Is Better?

2 weeks ago

You may have heard the terms GSM and CDMA thrown around before in a conversation about cell phones, but what do they really mean?

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Save Energy & Extend Your Battery Life With Custom Windows Power Plans

19th August, 2014

Windows battery life has rocketed forward in the last few years thanks to new processors from Intel that provide strong performance on a fraction of the power previously required. Even inexpensive laptops can often hit five or six hours, and models specifically designed for portability frequently exceed eight. Yet these improvements have made the way you […]

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Don’t Pay For Word! 5 Reasons You Should Use Office Online

16th August, 2014

Office Online is the free and cloud-connected version of Microsoft Office. Limitations are compensated by features, useful even to users of desktop Office. Best of all is its

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Love Exploring? These RPGs Are Made For You

15th August, 2014

Many players love RPGs because their large, open worlds offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore a virtual landscape. Here’s ten games that you can explore for hours on end.

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A Detailed Look At The State Of Gaming On The Mac in 2014

14th August, 2014

Can players finally ditch Windows completely and use a Mac for work and play?

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Got Windows Issues? There May Be A Microsoft Hotfix

8th August, 2014

Microsoft releases a constant stream of minor updates. Some less important fixes never make it into a Windows Update package. These hotfixes solve very specific issues that only affect a subset of users.

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6 Tolkien Apps For The Middle-Earth Obsessed

5th August, 2014

Here are six mobile apps that every Tolkien fanatic must check out.

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How To Customize Your Windows Sound Effects

31st July, 2014

You could make your computer sound like your favorite TV show, record your own sounds, or turn them off completely. Here’s a crash course on changing and recording sound effects for Windows.

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What Is Revenge Porn, And Are You At Risk From It?

30th July, 2014

Sex and technology seem to go together like steak and potatoes. Many people – some of whom you might not expect – have taken to to using smartphones as a part of their sex life, leading to a rise in amateur photos and film. These shots are supposed to be private, of course, sent only to lovers for […]