ACMA media release 133/2011 – 13 December
If you use your mobile phone to buy presents, pay bills or do banking this
Christmas, make sure you protect your phone like your wallet.
The ACMA has been working with the Australian Securities and Investment
Commission (ASIC) to educate shoppers on how to keep their mobile phone
Here are the essential 'Pay it safe' tips to secure your 'mobile wallet'
i.e. when you use your phone to pay bills:
- the network is secure-use mobile networks rather than unsecured
- the site is authentic-a smaller screen can make it hard to identify
- phone and bank statements for unusual charges
- treat your phone as you would cash or your computer-don't leave it
- keep your details confidential-including your online and handset
passwords and credit card details
- turn on security features such as your handset PIN and account
For more information on online banking and shopping via your mobile, go to
website or the ACMA's Smartphone User
The ACMA's recently published report E-commerce marketplace in Australia: Online shopping,
reveals that Australian consumers are increasingly using their mobile phones to
make financial transactions online.
According to the report, nearly one in five Australians had used their
mobiles for online banking and three per cent had purchased products and
services online via their mobile. This number is set to grow with the number of
smartphones being bought this Christmas.
Read more about the development of m-commerce and e-commerce in Australia as
well as changing consumer preferences and behaviours in the ACMA Communications
report 2010-11 series.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi,
Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.