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Create, connect and share respect: a safer internet starts with your mobile

Australians love their mobiles and the internet with research finding that mobile phones are the most popular and frequently used device for internet access. The trend towards mobile-only communications continues with 6.67 million Australian adults having only a mobile phone and no fixed-line telephone at home.

We take our mobiles with us everywhere these days and mobiles are not just phones or for texting – our mobiles give us immediate access to the internet, apps and social media wherever and whenever.

February 6th is Safer Internet Day and we are all being asked to be more respectful online.

That means, thinking before we post a picture, before we tag someone, before we make a comment. With a mobile, it can be really easy to react immediately and share our comments or photos before we’ve really had time to ask ourselves:

  • Is this comment respectful of other people’s opinions which may be different to my own?
  • Am I sharing someone else’s personal information?
  • Would I say this face to face?
  • Do I have consent before I post or share this pic or video?
  • Do I have permission to tag someone?

Read more about Safer Internet Day and how to show respect online at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website.

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UK funds 5G pilot programs

The UK is moving ahead with the roll-out of 5G technologies and application with an announcement that the UK Government will fund six 5G pilot programs across the country to the value of £25m.

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Mobiles, lightning risks and other myths

Mobile phones do not have any characteristics which would make them attractive to lightning strikes. While it is sensible to avoid using a fixed- line (copper wire) phone during a thunderstorm; the same precaution does not apply to mobile phones or fibre optic cable (e.g. NBN).

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Interference to mobile networks - Buyer Beware!

Interference to the mobile network can cause calls to drop out, data speeds to drop and impact on network performance. In the worst case, it can prevent someone else from making a call to Triple Zero in an emergency. The ACMA has now made available a consumer factsheet on interference that explains some of the common causes of interference and what you should do if you are contacted by a mobile network operator about interference to their network.