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Five New Year's tech resolutions

Be safe - update the security software on all your devices including home PC - check anti-virus protection, firewalls and parental access controls; and
Be safe - update the security software on all your devices including home PC - check anti-virus protection, firewalls and parental access controls; and

WITH a record 78 million SMS and 1.79 million party pictures expected to be sent across Telstra's network on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Telstra spokespeople are encouraging Australians to consider some digital maintenance with their top five technology resolutions for 2012.

  1. Be green - recycle old mobile phones and accessories at MobileMuster recycling stations in Telstra stores or post them using a prepaid postal label available from mobilemuster.com.au;
  2. Be smart - check and refresh passwords for all online profiles;
  3. Be secure - check the privacy and security sections of Facebook, Twitter and your other social networking sites to check out and make the most of any new  features;
  4. Be safe - update the security software on all your devices including home PC - check anti-virus protection, firewalls and parental access controls; and
  5. Be proactive - know what your kids are doing online, set guidelines to let them know your online expectations of them and tell them what to do if they feel uncomfortable with something happening online.

Telstra's Officer of Internet Trust & Safety, Darren Kane, said that in light of the record predictions and Aussies' obsession with everything technology, it was time people added digital resolutions to the traditional list of getting fit and losing weight.

"We use technology in so many ways, every day without giving much thought to updating safety and security, or to what happens with that mobile phone when we've finished with it," said Darren.

"If you were lucky enough to receive a new mobile phone for Christmas, now is the time to ensure you're using it safely, and that you've been clean and green by recycling your old mobile - helping to prevent pollution and keep potentially hazardous waste materials out of landfill.

"These resolutions will help you make the most of your digital experience in 2012," added Darren.

All mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories collected through MobileMuster are recycled for materials recovery and are not re-used or refurbished. Consumers should remove their SIM card and delete personal information from the handset before recycling.

Parents can find more information to help them ensure their kids enjoy a positive online experience on Telstra's Internet and Cyber-Safety page: telstra.com.au/cyber-safety 

Topics:  mobile phones, new year's eve, sms, tech, telstra



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