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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Why Your Router Is A Security Risk & How To Fix It

20th May, 2014

The introduction of the home router was a great advancement in security for many owners. Before routers, most PC users relied only on a software firewall or, more often than not, ran no firewall at all. Routers with built-in firewalls have generally been a very good thing. An item that provides safety can also lead […]

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Classics Are Still Thriving: 10 Retro-Style Shooters You Need To Play

19th May, 2014

Today we associate the term shooter with games like Call of Duty, but in the 80s this word was used to describe top-down shoot-em-ups like Raiden and Space Invaders.

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How Eco-Friendly Computer Geeks Save Money

15th May, 2014

Computer geeks often find themselves at odds with the eco-friendly lifestyle. There is no such thing as an all-natural PC. Do your part – reduce your impact and save money in the process.

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6 Space-Faring Alternatives To Eve Online

13th May, 2014

Here are a few games that manage the same flavor of Eve, and that can satisfy Eve players burnt out by the MMO’s gameplay and vicious fighting.

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5 Upcoming Strategy Games To Keep An Eye On

12th May, 2014

Strategy isn’t the most popular genre, but it’s a common choice among players who want a cerebral experience. Here are 5 upcoming games sure to keep your brain busy.

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Take Your Tunes Mobile With Your Rewards Points And The Oontz Angle [Rewards]

12th May, 2014

Mobile phones are incredibly capable, but even the most powerful have trouble providing enough sound to fill anything but the quietest room. Podcasts, music and videos are usually impossible to hear without earbuds. Fortunately we have a solution; the Oontz Angle. This small Bluetooth speaker, designed by Soundworks, can greatly improve the audio of your […]

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Has Your Online Security Been Breached? 6 Signs That Say It Has

7th May, 2014

Protecting your online privacy and security seems to become more difficult with every month. Recent exploits like the Heartbleed bug have proven that even someone who diligently guards their own security isn’t invulnerable. A breach in your security usually doesn’t stay secret for long, however. Someone who has your account credentials for one or more […]

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What Are Celebrity-Endorsed Headphones And Why You Should Avoid Them

6th May, 2014

Celebrity endorsements are nothing new. There is one type of product, however, that’s become notorious for its epidemic of endorsements; headphones.

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How To Deal With Your Job Search In The Internet Age

5th May, 2014

A job that might have been obscure is now a single Craigslist posting away from tens or hundreds of applications. To stand out you’ll need to refine your tactics – both old and new.

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8 Worthy Alternatives To The iPad’s Native Mail App

1st May, 2014

The iPad’s native Mail app isn’t for everyone, so here are some alternatives that you may prefer.

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Grab A Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Lifetime License With Your Rewards Points!

29th April, 2014

The battle against malware never ends. Updates are constantly be produced to keep up with new threats and, as a result, most anti-malware apps charge a yearly subscription fee. Paying every year can become tiresome, but it’s necessary if you want anything more than the basic protection free malware suites provide. Fortunately, we have a […]

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Trading In Your Video Games – Is It Really Worth It?

27th April, 2014

Does trading in a game really make sense for you and your wallet? Or are you leaving money on the table by handing your used games over to a retailer?

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5 Insider Secrets Of Buying Used Electronics

24th April, 2014

Used electronics can be an amazing deal. You can also end up screwed, though, which is why it’s important to know what to look for when buying used electronics.

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Graphics Aren’t Everything: 5 Ugly Games That Are Crazy Fun

23rd April, 2014

Not all games look good. Here are five fun games that’ve received strong reviews in spite of ugly graphics.

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Buying A New Smartphone? How To Understand The Hardware Specs

18th April, 2014

There was once a time when buying a cell phone was like buying a CD player. Over time, however, phones have become miniature computers – and the specifications are nearly as complex as a PC’s.