Think it couldn't happen to you? Ordinary Australians lost $89m to scammers in 2013.
20 Oct 2014 |
Online dating scams, bogus tech support phone calls and internet schemes that take advantage of people's goodwill continue to find new victims.
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.
Forget the no-tech socks and hankies - give dad a high-tech helping hand this Father's Day
1 Sep 2014 |
Make your Father's Day gift a gadget that says 'thanks, Dad' without the predictable socks, hankies or chocolate almonds.
Cyber-attack by Russian criminals targets 420,000 websites, according to US security firm claiming to have discovered the breach.
6 Aug 2014 |
US firm Hold Security reveals one of the largest data breaches of all time. Individual and corporate usernames, passwords and email addresses put at risk across the world.
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.
Battle for online payments heats up with new digital wallet
17 Jul 2014 |
Visa has re-launched its digital wallet with the new Visa Checkout and is hoping to take a bigger slice of online payments.
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.
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.
What you do when you receive things you didn't order.
10 Jun 2014 |
If you receive goods or services that you didn't order, you don't have to pay for them.
Doctus allows consumers to buy prescriptions without needing to see their GP first.
3 Jun 2014 |
A new service is offering consumers the opportunity to buy a prescription online without a face-to-face consultation with a doctor.
Why are cheap flights and other airfares on airline websites so fleeting?
2 Jun 2014 |
CHOICE investigates variable pricing and cheap flights on Qantas, Virgin and other airline and booking agent websites.
Be cautious when using Wikipedia for medical advice, warn researchers.
29 May 2014 |
Most Wikipedia articles representing serious health conditions contain errors, according to study.
Australian iPhone and iPad owners locked out of their devices.
28 May 2014 |
iPhones and iPads across Australia have been targeted in an attack that locks the devices and demands money to release them. CHOICE explains the issue and how to fix it.
eBay buyers are being urged to change their passwords as soon as possible to avoid being vulnerable to hackers.
22 May 2014 |
Online retailer eBay has announced that a database containing sensitive customer information including encrypted passwords, names, addresses and dates of birth has been hacked.
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.
Why pay the Australia tax when shopping online for clothes?
22 Apr 2014 |
Blocked from shopping at your favourite overseas online clothes store? There are ways to get around it.
We delve into the murky world of one cent or penny auctions.
15 Apr 2014 |
CHOICE looks into reports of dodgy dealings in online penny auctions, where you seemingly win items for low prices, but may end up paying more than you bargained for.
Google Drive and Mediafire have thrown down the gauntlet to Dropbox and competitors by slashing prices and dramatically boosting storage limits.
14 Apr 2014 |
Google has jumped into a cloud storage price war by slashing the cost of its online services.
Consumers are voting with their wallets and spending more money with retailers with both an online and bricks-and-mortar presence.
3 Apr 2014 |
Australian consumers prefer to shop at stores with both an online and offline presence.
Got too many log-ins? Try a password manager.
31 Mar 2014 |
Password managers tested and compared on both desktop and mobile computers.
Changes to eBay's fee structures have been announced.
28 Mar 2014 |
Sellers will pay more in commissions, but could save money on shipping under eBay's new fee structure.
Used right, wearable gadgets and fitness apps can help you kick your fitness goals. But used wrong, they can make you feel like a failure.
5 Mar 2014 |
Will a shiny new wearable fitness tracker or smartphone app help keep you on track with your health goals?
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?
SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?
24 Feb 2014 |
CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.
How to exit from the internet, including social media.
5 Feb 2014 |
It's possible to remove yourself from social media and some websites, but you'll never be able to erase every trace of your digital footprint.
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.
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.
We check out popular online diets - can a virtual diet program give you real-world results?
2 Oct 2013 |
CHOICE compares five popular online weight loss programs: the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation, the Biggest Loser Club, SureSlim, Weight Watchers, and the Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge.
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.
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.
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?
When it comes to watching popular TV shows via online streaming, we're missing out.
9 Jul 2013 |
Australian viewers get a raw deal when it comes to streaming our favourite TV shows online. We pay more, yet content isn’t easily accessible or not available when we want.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Give yourself a health check with these online resources.
22 Jun 2012 |
We've selected online health tests from reputable sources to help determine your current health status and future health risks.
The ACCC has launched an investigation following allegations of anti-competitive behaviour
21 May 2012 |
Accusations that local fashion retailers have breached competition laws by pressuring international retailers to raise their prices for Australian customers will be investigated by Australia’s competition regulator.
The internet is a world of information, which we rely on search engines to help us find. But does this free service come with a catch?
3 Feb 2012 |
With billions of pages on the internet, the ability to search accurately for information is vital. But there are some factors to consider before your next search.
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.
Why does sending a parcel from Australia cost so much compared with sending it to Australia?
22 Aug 2011 |
Australians appear to be paying more than consumers in NZ, the US, UK and further afield for staple services such as international postage.
Don't assume you'll always find the cheapest flights on the most well-known sites.
9 Aug 2011 |
We surfed more than a dozen Australian flight comparison websites and found savings of up to $369 for flights leaving to and from the same destination on the same dates.
Finance comparison websites can deliver masses of information on financial products instantly, but you still need to be wary when using them.
27 Apr 2011 |
These websites can be used to explore many products, from bank accounts to home loans, but CHOICE recommends you approach sites with care.
Online group buying giant Groupon has entered the Australian daily deal market in a puff of smoke and mirrors.
4 Apr 2011 |
Daily deal website company Groupon, known as StarDeals.com.au in Australia, has entered the market with controversial offers that do not exist.
4 Jan 2011 |
CHOICE says advertising campaign launched today by minority of big retail players is alarmist red herring.
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.
CHOICE explores risks of shopping and swapping second-hand items online.
14 Sep 2009 |
Despite the credit crunch, the second-hand trading market is booming as bargain-hunters turn to buying quality second-hand items online, from the latest plasma screens to designer togs.
Put your computer to work with these top money-saving tips.
15 Jul 2009 |
Your computer is a powerful tool, and there are ways to save a few dollars — or more — while using it.
Head for the cloud and work from anywhere with the new wave of web apps.
15 May 2009 |
Online office suites come under the category of cloud computing, in which the programs and documents are stored on the internet "in the cloud".
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.
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.
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?
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.
Ordinary people are making big profits using the online auction house.
26 Feb 2008 |
According to 2006 ACNielsen research, there are more than 52,700 professional eBay sellers in Australia gaining their primary or secondary income through the site.
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?
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.
Is it worth the risk?
6 Jun 2007 |
Here’s a few tips on how to avoid being ripped off if you miss out on buying tickets first-hand.
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.
Recipe software can help you take control of clippings, meal times and grocery lists.
5 Aug 2005 |
We tested six recipe software programs to find out how easy they are to use and what sort of features they offer.