Average speeds have declined since mid 2014, falling behind Taiwan, Russia and New Zealand.
15 Jan 2015 |
International study finds Australia's average connection speeds have dropped since the middle of 2014, while other countries move ahead with faster networks.
Local crowdsourced startup Cuzin aims to help consumers get around geoblocks.
11 Dec 2014 |
A community of buyers and sellers will alert other users to savings and sales from all around the world.
New research finds how many Australian households are really using international streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Vudu.
24 Nov 2014 |
New research from CHOICE has found an increasing number of Australians are dodging online geoblocks and purchasing movies and TV shows directly from overseas.
What next for the national broadband network?
14 Nov 2014 |
The NBN rollout continues with work on the fibre to the node network expected to start in 2015. At the same time, internet service provider TPG is building its own fibre network in apartments and offices in major cities. Does this mean that the coalition's scaled down plan has missed the mark?
Tech giant bundles unlimited cloud storage and office suite into single subscription package.
29 Oct 2014 |
Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage and Office 365 bundle costs less than competitors' standalone cloud storage services.
Stop the Spies campaign fights mandatory metadata retention
10 Oct 2014 |
A new campaign called Stop the Spies is rallying against the government's proposed law for a mandatory data retention regime, expected to be introduced into parliament in October.
Cyber currency gets its own card.
25 Sep 2014 |
An Aussie startup is trialling a new bitcoin EFTPOS debit card, as the ATO declares bitcoin and other cyber currencies assets rather than money.
This sleek gadget offers much more than your average ADSL modem-router. It's NBN-ready and has a built-in phone system for a home or small business.
10 Sep 2014 |
This do-everything ADSL modem-router with built-in phone system has all the bells and whistles for a home user or small business.
Internet use around Australia has risen sharply, ACMA research finds.
15 Aug 2014 |
Australians’ internet use has jumped significantly nationwide, with online access via mobile phones the biggest growth area.
A hidden fee charged for purchases in Australian dollars on voucher site Groupon is set to be removed.
14 Aug 2014 |
Australians using the voucher site Groupon will soon not have to worry about asking for a refund on the currency conversion fees charged when making purchases on the site.
Separate messaging app sparks angry response, affecting more than one billion Facebook users.
4 Aug 2014 |
Facebook is replacing live chat in its core mobile app, with a dedicated messaging service. Users who want to instant message via Facebook will need to install the extra app.
Online retailer admits customer information stolen, three years after attack.
23 Jul 2014 |
Australian-run daily deal website recently reveals data breach from early 2011, which may have compromised user details, passwords and credit cards.
A flaw in the well-known software program could allow hackers to steal your login details if you don't update your browser.
10 Jul 2014 |
Flash Player hole could let hackers steal login details for sites such as eBay, Twitter and Google. Browser updates are critical to patch vulnerability.
Advance in printed diode technology has potential to connect paper to the internet.
9 Jul 2014 |
Printable e-labels provide yet another means of data storage and communication embedded in or on objects, with a new development potentially enabling communication at mobile phone frequencies.
Hackers accessed the personal information of a quarter of a million Australians' online dating profiles because Cupid Media failed to properly encrypt it.
26 Jun 2014 |
Australian online dating company, Cupid Media, failed to protect the privacy of 254,000 Australians, resulting in their personal information being stolen by hackers.
Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.
26 Jun 2014 |
Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.
Security flaw still a threat on more than 300,000 web servers worldwide
24 Jun 2014 |
The Heartbleed bug is still far from being fixed, months after it was revealed to be a security threat on up to two-thirds of the world’s websites and it also affects up to a third of Android users.
There were a number of outages across mobile and social media services yesterday.
20 Jun 2014 |
What was going on yesterday? Facebook, Vodafone and Optus all experienced outages.
New smartphone from online behemoth Amazon
19 Jun 2014 |
US online retail giant Amazon has launched its Fire Phone today and is hoping to light up with smartphone market with new quick-access features and response technology.
7.30 program misrepresents CHOICE’s position.
19 Jun 2014 |
The ABC’s 7.30 misrepresented our position on online piracy, and we want to set the record straight.
Stealth attacks occur without users knowing.
19 Jun 2014 |
Hacked routers make hidden attacks without users realising and Australian internet users are at risk.
An ACMA investigation of seven major telcos has found Dodo was the only one to have breached the data usage notification requirement.
19 Jun 2014 |
Internet service provider Dodo has been given a formal warning by ACMA for failing to send data usage alerts to its fixed broadband customers back in 2013.
Studios to cut delay from cinema release to DVD and digital download to encourage consumers to buy rather than download illegally.
17 Jun 2014 |
Movies will now be available to Australians on DVD and download three months after their release in Australian cinemas.
Local video streaming service is on board new Google dongle.
12 Jun 2014 |
EzyFLix has outpaced local competitors including Quickflix, Foxtel’s Presto and the ABC’s iView in the race to Chromecast.
The government has flagged new anti-piracy measures – but what will they mean for consumers?
29 May 2014 |
CHOICE tells you what you need to know about anti-piracy measures coming to Australia.
Plans to roll out Australia's largest Wi-Fi network.
21 May 2014 |
Telstra announces plans to roll out a bigger Wi-Fi network nationwide.
Thousands of vulnerable elderly left without internet and emergency landline phone services after ISP ONEseniors goes into administration.
8 May 2014 |
Thousands of elderly people have been left without internet and landline phone services by the collapse of ISP ONEseniors. The company, which specialised in discounted internet and phone services for the over-55s, went into administration leaving its elderly customers effectively cut off.
After two decades, rubbish messages and email-based security threats still make up 64 per cent of all emails worldwide.
1 May 2014 |
20 years ago two US lawyers sent the first commercial spam email. Today spam makes up 64 per cent of all emails worldwide.
Geoblocking services in doubt as popular US-based internet video streaming service prevents access.
30 Apr 2014 |
Australian viewers relying on geoblocking services to watch their favourite shows on US sites could miss out now that Hulu is blocking VPN users.
Security flaw puts the sensitive information of millions of users at risk and forces system changes on major global websites.
16 Apr 2014 |
The Heartbleed bug isn’t a problem with PCs or software, but with the internet itself, so antivirus software on your PC won’t fix it.
Could we be running out of room on the Wi-Fi spectrum?
7 Apr 2014 |
User demand for wireless internet and other services is testing the radiofrequency spectrum, according to a report by the CSIRO.
Telco accidentally left "back door" open to hackers.
4 Apr 2014 |
Optus has removed a cable modem security flaw which could have compromised the accounts of tens of thousands of its customers.
Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.
31 Mar 2014 |
Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.
Seven media hubs and streamers put to the test in the CHOICE labs.
26 Mar 2014 |
With the ability to play music, videos and pictures on your TV and stream directly from the internet, media hubs can be great tools for today's digital age.
Our investigation shows paid and free online dating sites including RSVP, eHarmony and Oasis Active may use members' private information and photos in advertising.
27 Feb 2014 |
Are paid online dating sites eHarmony and RSVP and free online dating sites Oasis Active and OkCupid worth the money and time?
Get your head in the cloud with our review of 12 popular data storage and synchronisation services.
27 Feb 2014 |
Cloud services store your files offsite so you can access them anywhere. Don't weather the storm with a poor service - we can help you find one with a silver lining.
Your internet provider scorecard revealed
6 Dec 2013 |
How does your ISP stack up against the others? Almost 4000 CHOICE members rated their provider to give us a snapshot of the state of Australia's internet today.
We test 20 internet-enabled cameras that can keep an eye on home from anywhere.
4 Dec 2013 |
We reveal our latest test results for smartcams, including new models from EDIMAX, D-Link, Swann and Uniden.
Our latest look at dual-band wireless routers.
28 Nov 2013 |
We test and compare 10 dual-band wireless routers.
Is a fair-use system the way to go?
19 Nov 2013 |
With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.
Console games go open source with this Android alternative
19 Nov 2013 |
The next console to step into the ring against Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo - but costs far less than the big boys. Does it deserve a place in your living room?
When the light bulb moment strikes, capture that great idea with these tools
16 Oct 2013 |
Capture that great idea in a few clicks with brainstorming and journaling apps and websites.
Get free computing for life with this Windows alternative
18 Sep 2013 |
Everything you need to know about getting started with Linux, picking a distributer and installing it on your computer.
Consumer groups fight for a new web authentication system that is fair for all users
5 Sep 2013 |
Consumer groups want to end the use of CAPTCHAs, which discriminate against blind and vision-impaired consumers.
Find the newest and most daring web-only TV shows
30 Aug 2013 |
TV on the internet is gaining a new audience as viewers find new and unique shows for all types of interests.
We review the Raspberry Pi, an open source pocket-sized computer that can be programmed and hardwired to do just about anything.
28 Aug 2013 |
The open-source, pocket-sized Raspberry Pi looks like a dream come true for consumers that want to learn about Linux programming - but can it live up to its claims?
Google gives you the internet in the blink of an eye
16 Aug 2013 |
Google Glass has lots to offer if you want internet searches and directions, or to take a photo without reaching for your phone.
CHOICE welcomes the IT price inquiry’s recommendations
29 Jul 2013 |
The recommendations released by the IT price inquiry are a win for consumers - but will there be follow-through?
Which NBN plan will result in consumers getting the best network?
12 Jul 2013 |
The national broadband network is underway, but with an election looming and two competing plans, will consumers get the best network?
Browser cookies can reveal your online habits, so how do you protect yourself?
22 May 2013 |
Information gleaned by cookies is valuable to marketers and advertisers, but you may not realise just how much can be pieced together about you.
Missing some files? These hard drive hunters could find what you're looking for.
22 Apr 2013 |
Desktop search tools offer faster search speeds, content searches, and time-saving features not found in the default Windows tools. We put six to the test.
CHOICE says to back up your RSS subscriptions before it's too late.
15 Apr 2013 |
Google Reader will be defunct as of 1 July, giving consumers less than three months to back up their RSS subscriptions and find another service.
Parliament calls on Apple, Adobe and Microsoft to explain high IT prices.
13 Feb 2013 |
Tech giants Apple, Adobe and Microsoft are now being forced to answer for the higher prices they charge Australian consumers.
Jump online to ensure your complaints and compliments are heard loud and clear.
13 Jan 2013 |
Before you post a scathing online review of a company’s product or service, there are some crucial things you need to know so you get results and avoid legal trouble.
The internet is opening a treasure trove for family history researchers.
6 Dec 2012 |
It's easier than you think to find your family tree online, as more records are digitised and made available on free government websites.
Make sure you ask some important questions when buying online.
21 Nov 2012 |
With some simple precautions, shopping online can be relatively trouble-free.
Online learning platforms can suffer from bad design, poor delivery or worse.
30 Aug 2012 |
The online education and training industry is growing, and without doing some research you could end up with no accreditation, or just be stuck with a poorly designed, ineffective course.
We've told the Attorney General’s department to protect consumers who bypass online geoblocks.
29 Aug 2012 |
Geoblocks prevent consumers from getting a better deal, and help companies discriminate on price.
We want to hear if you’ve paid more for digital products because you’ve bought them in Australia.
2 Aug 2012 |
We're asking for examples of price discrimination on computer, software, gaming, and music products.
Technology industry has predictable reaction to IT pricing inquiry.
30 Jul 2012 |
Industry groups claim that the costs of doing business in Australia are driving up the prices of IT hardware and software products.
CHOICE research has found that Australians are paying 50% more for IT products.
18 Jul 2012 |
New CHOICE research shows that Australians are paying 50% more for computers, software, games and music.
Football codes and Telstra win appeal in TV recording court battle, Optus to appeal decision.
10 May 2012 |
Optus announces its plan to appeal the Federal Court’s decision on the legality of its TV Now service.
The Hon Susan Ryan AO outlines the obstacles facing older people using the web
23 Apr 2012 |
Each year, CHOICE invites a prominent Australian to deliver the Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture to ensure Ruby’s legacy as a champion for Australian consumers. On March 14 2012, the lecture was delivered by The Hon. Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission.
With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust for reliable information online? We give you the low-down.
14 Mar 2012 |
With colds and flus upon us, who can you trust to give you reliable information online? We give you the low-down.
Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.
23 Nov 2011 |
We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.
The world wide web is your stage with these eight high definition webcams.
9 Nov 2011 |
Thanks to the Internet age, creating and sharing video content is as simple as talking to a camera on top of your PC.
CHOICE's latest survey reveals the ISPs worth celebrating.
27 Oct 2011 |
The survey results show which internet sevice providers performed best, how satisfied users were with service, speed, costs and billing, and trends in our use of the internet.
CHOICE takes a look at an internet-based alternative to pay TV.
26 Oct 2011 |
FetchTV provides another alternative to cable, with your Internet provider delivering a host of channels and rental movies to your television.
It's not the cheapest wireless broadband option, but its one of the fastest.
13 Oct 2011 |
Telstra claims its new USB 4G modem is up to 10 times faster than other 3G wireless internet options.
Network your home instantly using its existing electrical wiring.
29 Aug 2011 |
Powerline devices provide a simple home networking alternative or addition to traditional Ethernet cabling and Wi-Fi.
CHOICE Computer's pick of the best add-ons for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
13 Apr 2011 |
All major internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome - come with a host of add-ons to supercharge your browsing.
A quick reference guide to the most useful key combinations.
11 Feb 2011 |
This is the quick reference guide to Windows shortcut keys from CC Jan/Feb 2011.
Should you think about ditching your home phone altogether or is there life in the tried-and-true service yet?
9 Feb 2011 |
We look at existing landline and mobile options as well as some cutting-edge alternatives.
Hook this handy device up to your TV to enjoy video, audio and image files stored on your network.
4 Jan 2011 |
The Sony SMP-N100 also provides access to over 20 internet TV channels under Sony’s BRAVIA Internet banner.
Avenues like Twitter and Facebook offer a lot more than just social networking.
20 Oct 2010 |
Forget hanging on the end of a customer service line if you have a gripe. Switch on your computer, log onto the internet and tell the world.
More expensive software can contain extras that are of limited value.
30 Apr 2010 |
We review nine programs to help you trace and catalogue your family history.
The popularity of the iPhone is changing the face of mobile banking.
30 Apr 2010 |
The latest Nielsen research has found that 61% of online consumers who use a mobile phone will consider an iPhone in the next year.
Controversial internet filter to be introduced, despite widespread criticism.
18 Feb 2010 |
A mandatory internet filter is to be introduced, the federal government announced late last year.
Avoid bill shock with our data usage guide.
27 Jan 2010 |
Smartphone mobile internet plans have come under fire lately because of exorbitant excess data usage charges.
CHOICE members nominate their favourite virtual stores.
10 Nov 2009 |
We save you time and effort by bringing you a list of the best online sites for books and CDS, clothes, electronics, as well as as cosmetics and fragrances.
CHOICE uncovers the hidden traps with international prepaid phone cards and what their blaring posters don’t tell you.
25 Sep 2009 |
Extra costs, such as “service” fees that gobble up credit even when you’re not making calls are often not advertised on the posters or phone cards.
Is the internet the future of TV? We take a look.
13 Aug 2009 |
With thousands of internet TV "channels" available, how do you find something worth watching?
Wireless networking allows you to access the web anywhere in the home.
7 May 2009 |
CHOICE reveals the issues you need to consider before you incorporate Wi-Fi into your home networking environment.
Plans to upgrade the broadband network need to be carefully considered
29 Apr 2009 |
In April 2009 the Federal Government announced it will establish a new company that will invest up to $43 billion over 8 years to build and operate a National Broadband Network.
Clean up your inbox with these no-cost junk email fighters.
3 Mar 2009 |
Spam is not only annoying, but also potentially dangerous. Here's how to combat the ever increasing stream of junk.
Watch out! If certain music industry representatives have their way, internet service providers will be required to police your use of the internet.
19 Feb 2009 |
The music industry reports a reduction in CD profits, which has motivated them to push for control over how consumers access and store music.
Protecting internet users from illegal material is important, however the proposed mandatory ISP-based filter won’t do the job.
19 Feb 2009 |
CHOICE holds a number of concerns about the government’s current proposal to introduce mandatory internet filtering at an ISP-level.
Can using VoIP with Naked DSL cut your phone bill in half?
21 Jan 2009 |
VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol and uses an Internet connection to make and receive telephone calls.
Email scams are on the rise, but commonsense is the best defence.
3 Dec 2008 |
Almost 70 percent of all email in Australia in August 2008 was spam and we rank in the top 10 list of countries.
Make your own Christmas e-card in a few simple steps.
28 Nov 2008 |
Have some festive fun with your computer this Christmas. There are lots of things you can do to make personalised cards, decorations and even install some cute Christmas lights onto your computer.
Google polishes up its web presence.
1 Oct 2008 |
Do we need another web browser, when we already have Interet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and others to choose from?
There are desktop and roaming plans but is it the high-speed internet alternative for you?
1 Oct 2008 |
Wireless internet is broadband internet access that doesn't use a telephone line or cable network.
Deciding where to eat on Friday night? Check out a restaurant guide website.
29 Sep 2008 |
CHOICE's verdict on which ones offer the most useful information, and how to know which reviews you can trust.
How to create an online photo album.
13 May 2008 |
One of the advantages of digital photography is that your photos no longer have to be locked away within a physical photo album.
Make sense of the bits and bytes.
16 Apr 2008 |
CHOICE's simple guide to broadband tells you what you need to know in order to choose the right broadband plan.
Keep your child safe from internet nasties with net filtering software.
15 Jan 2008 |
Internet filtering software helps to block unwanted content. But is your child really safe to browse the Web unsupervised with one of these programs in place?
There's plenty of free software on the internet, but is it any good?
19 Sep 2007 |
Free software is appealing because you can find useful office and multimedia applications without the hefty price tag. But there are a few drawbacks to consider.
Virtual worlds could be the future of the internet.
13 Sep 2007 |
There are different types of virtual worlds — some are more like games, some are chat forums and others simulate a life-like world.
ADSL2 is the new kid on the broadband block.
7 Apr 2007 |
More households are opting for broadband over dial-up internet services, looking for better speeds and fewer delays and disruptions.
Saving money with internet telephony with Skype.
3 Apr 2007 |
Long-distance phone calls can keep you in touch with far flung friends and loved ones, but you don’t want to have to mortgage your house to pay for them.
Shopping comparison websites can help you sniff out a good deal.
3 Apr 2007 |
Where do you go to find the best deal? Let your mouse do the walking and search for the best price on one website.
With a few precautions, shopping on the internet can be a safe and enjoyable experience.
10 Jan 2007 |
With some simple precautions, shopping online can be relatively trouble-free.
Want to upgrade your computer for free? Here’s how.
3 Jan 2006 |
Firmware used to be read-only — it limited what the hardware could do. Nowadays, however, most firmware can be updated to give your hardware new features and capabilities.