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Christian Cawley

Security and Linux Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Christian Cawley is a Deputy Editor at MakeUseOf, covering security, Linux, DIY and programming. He has extensive experience in IT desktop and software support. Christian is a regular contributor to print publications such as Linux User & Developer, as well as a number of specials from Imagine Publishing and Future Publishing. Among these are Raspberry Pi for Beginners, The iPad Book Vol 6, and Raspberry Pi for Kids. He's also a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, Android user, podcaster and foodie.

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6 Things You Can Do To Secure Your WordPress From Hackers

Wordpress & Web Development

6 Things You Can Do To Secure Your WordPress From Hackers

Somewhere out there is a list with your blog’s name on it, where it sits, waiting to be targeted by hackers. When they get around to your blog, they’ll try various tactics to gain access to it. Fortunately, there are various ways in which you can protect your WordPress blog from hackers.

27-04-2012
6 Things You Can Do To Secure Your WordPress From Hackers
How To Force An Update On Your Windows Phone

How To Force An Update On Your Windows Phone

When it was first released, Windows Phone was a new mobile platform that looked and felt great, but wasn’t quite firing on all cylinders. Despite the then current state of the smartphone market, the decision was made to release a mobile operating system that was missing a few key features and APIs. If your Windows Phone hasn’t been blessed with the NoDo or Mango updates as yet, then you’re clearly missing out on some excellent functionality.

26-04-2012
How To Force An Update On Your Windows Phone
Do Nigerian Scam Emails Hide A Terrible Secret? [Opinion]

Internet

Do Nigerian Scam Emails Hide A Terrible Secret? [Opinion]

Another day, another spam email drops into my inbox, somehow working its way around the Windows Live spam filter that does such a good job of protecting my eyes from all of the other unsolicited bobbins. Naturally, the message comes from a Nigerian citizen, a legal representative of a deposed prince who would like to pay me to hide some ill-gotten gains in my bank account.

19-04-2012
Do Nigerian Scam Emails Hide A Terrible Secret? [Opinion]
Easily Automate Bulk Screen Captures With The Free KMPlayer

Internet

Easily Automate Bulk Screen Captures With The Free KMPlayer

As the editor of several TV and movie-based websites, it often comes in handy to be able to grab images from video clips. Now of course there are many ways to do this (using VideoLan’s VLC Player is my favourite) but so far I’ve only found one method in which to grab tens, hundreds or even thousands of captures from a clip with a single mouse click. Fortunately, the results are spectacular.

18-04-2012
Easily Automate Bulk Screen Captures With The Free KMPlayer
4 Great Free Multimedia Cloud Apps [Windows Phone 7]

4 Great Free Multimedia Cloud Apps [Windows Phone 7]

Cloud computing is becoming ever more popular and important to desktop and mobile operating systems alike. We’ve previously looked at how Windows 8 will integrate with cloud services, but how does its mobile brother, Windows Phone 7, deal with this method of storage? Remarkably well, in fact. By default, Windows Phone owners must set up a Windows Live account with their phones.

13-04-2012
4 Great Free Multimedia Cloud Apps [Windows Phone 7]
Begin The Fight Back Against Toolbar Installer Bloatware! [Opinion]

Browsers

Begin The Fight Back Against Toolbar Installer Bloatware! [Opinion]

Recently I had cause to install some free video conversion software and was amazed to find so many attempts to fool me into installing additional software, not to mention attempts to upsell at the end of the installation wizard. It’s getting to be beyond a joke now, with every other free (and sometimes trial) app or utility having these irritating options built in. But what is worse is the presumption that I want to install these options by default.

12-04-2012
Begin The Fight Back Against Toolbar Installer Bloatware! [Opinion]
The Top 10 Free Or Very Cheap eBook Thrillers [MUO Book Club]

Internet

The Top 10 Free Or Very Cheap eBook Thrillers [MUO Book Club]

You’ll be hard pressed to find any long distance journey where none of the passengers are reading a thriller. This type of novel – packed with suspense, tension and excitement – has become a staple of literature over the past 100 years, with crime thrillers, political thrillers, mystery, psychological and paranoid thrillers all vying for attention on bookstore shelves.

11-04-2012
The Top 10 Free Or Very Cheap eBook Thrillers [MUO Book Club]
5 Signs That Twitter May Be Over Capacity

Internet

5 Signs That Twitter May Be Over Capacity

Twitter’s amazing ability to connect people through a browser, custom application or even SMS text messaging is an amazing and compelling aspect of online life. With Twitter you can promote websites and bands, find a job, even generate income in various ways. Its limit of 140 characters forces brevity and relevance among its serious users (although this doesn’t stop people spouting rubbish!).

06-04-2012
5 Signs That Twitter May Be Over Capacity
3 Methods To Extract The Audio From Video Files

Windows

3 Methods To Extract The Audio From Video Files

Perhaps you’re podcasting or your requirements for ripping the audio from a video clip might be rooted in a more artistic activity such as video editing. Either way, the matter of isolating the audio track from video files can be tricky to achieve. Fortunately there are various approaches you can take, either using your PC or employing a second device.

05-04-2012
3 Methods To Extract The Audio From Video Files
The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options

The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options

One of the most important uses for a mobile phone is messaging. Whether you’re thinking of SMS text messaging, email or online instant messaging networks, being able to communicate with others by typing rather than speaking has been an essential feature since the 1990s. Windows Phone has several instant messaging options available.

04-04-2012
The 5 Top Windows Phone Instant Messaging Options
A Brief Guide To The Secrets Of The Windows 8 User Interface

Windows

A Brief Guide To The Secrets Of The Windows 8 User Interface

For most users, Windows 8 will come as something of a surprise when it is released, thanks to the unusual implementation of the Metro UI. If you’re not inclined to make use of whatever methods are available to disable Metro, you will be left with attempting to understand the tile-based user interface.

30-03-2012
A Brief Guide To The Secrets Of The Windows 8 User Interface
A Case For Putting An End To Low Quality, Third Party Mobile Accessories

Product Reviews

A Case For Putting An End To Low Quality, Third Party Mobile Accessories

The threats facing mobile phones have become so numerous that manufacturers have started providing cases with the devices. Sadly these are little more than an afterthought – something that is particularly ridiculous when you consider the importance of these accessories. Which begs the question, why do manufacturers bother giving us free but useless, cheap cases?

29-03-2012
A Case For Putting An End To Low Quality, Third Party Mobile Accessories
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