Home Icon
internet

Basics: Why you need the internet, Nanna

By Nathan Taylor | 6:53 am 03/01/2013

The internet offers conveniences that we couldn’t have conceived of 20 years ago. Errands that used to take hours can now be accomplished with a few clicks. You don’t need to drive around, find parking or wait in hold queues on the phone. What’s more, it lets you quickly compare options. Want the cheapest price on an item you’re interested in? Just check the websites of online stores or do a search on a shopping aggregator site – no need to go from store to store.

There are many other ways the internet can help you out as well. You can keep in touch with friends and family; play games with other people without either of you needing to leave your home; secure your precious photos with a backup service; navigate with maps and even watch movies and TV shows. Once you’ve had a taste of the conveniences the internet has to offer, you won’t be able to go back!

When you connect to the internet, you have access to millions of websites that make it quicker and easier to fulfill everyday tasks like paying bills, shopping and keeping in touch.

First, though, there are a few things you’ll need before you can connect to the internet. These include:

i) An internet-connected device, such as a PC, tablet or smartphone

ii) An account with an Internet Service provider (ISP), such as Telstra, Optus or iinet, plus a broadband modem/router for connecting to internet devices at home, or

iii) A mobile broadband internet account, plus a SIM card, USB modem or wireless modem for connecting to the internet inside and outside the home using 3G/4G mobile phone networks.

Do all your banking and pay bills online

Every major bank and credit union in Australia now offers net banking. Net banking lets you check your finances, transfer money between accounts, redeem rewards, change credit limits and just about everything else you needed to go to a bank teller for in the past. They all also support BPAY, a method for payment of bills – no paperwork, phone calls or credit card details required.

If you’re looking to use net banking services, you can find the websites of the major banks by opening your web browser and searching under ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB or Westpac.

Register for internet banking and you can manage your accounts, transfer money and pay bills without leaving the house.


Email and social networking

Email lets you send letters, for free, to as many people as you like. They arrive instantly, and can be replied to straight away. A good place to start with email is opening www.gmail.com in your computer’s web browser. Gmail lets you send and receive email without having to install anything on your computer. You can even log onto it from anywhere. You just need to create an account with Gmail to get started.

Social networking has also become very popular. Social networking tools like Facebook allow you to chat at any time with friends and family who are online, share your photos with them, play games over the internet and much more.

Do your taxes (including GST) online

The Australian Taxation Office has a range of tools that will let you do all your taxes – personal and business – online, with all fields auto-calculated and an on-the-spot summary of your account. You can even pay your tax bill online.

You can do all your taxes online by heading to www.ato.gov.au in a web browser. You’ll need to sign up and install the ATO’s security software, but once you’ve done that you can do all you personal and business banking without the need for filling out endless forms.

Plus, when you register online with Centrelink you can access a range of services. You can claim a range of payments, receive forms and information, and update, view and print your details without having to wait in any queues.

Pages: 1 2

Latest reviews

  • Review: HP ElitePad 1000 G2

    When you talk about business grade tablets, there aren't a lot of choices, but HP's ElitePad 1000 G2 looks to provide a dose of shiny silver aluminium professionalism to…
  • Apple's iPhone 6 Plus reviewed

    Apple has steered clear of tablet-sized phones for a while now, leaving it to Samsung and other manufacturers, but now Apple is here with a phablet of its own.…
  • Review: LG G Pad 10.1

    LG's G3 really grabbed our attention earlier in the year, so we're expecting good things from a tablet launched around the same time, but is the G Pad 10.1…
  • Review: Plantronics BackBeat Pro headphones

    Headphones that cut out the noise from the outside world generally require you to be tethered to your phone, but not a new pair of cans from Plantronics, as…
  • Review: Moto G (2014, G2)

    Big phones are in, and to go with that trend, Motorola is upgrading one of its entry-level handsets, increasing the screen size of its G series phone to make…
  • Review: Acer Aspire Switch 10

    Acer's 10 inch Windows tablet hasn't been updated since Windows 8 first came out, and that was two years ago, so what has Acer been cooking up, and does…
  • Review: Dyson Cool (AM06)

    Here come the warmer months and that reason to get the old trusty fan out. But before you do, you might want to consider a healthy update of the…
  • You little beauty: Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact reviewed

    Smartphones may well be getting bigger, but Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact aims to show people that a smartphone doesn’t need to be big to be powerful, boasting high-end specs…
  • Review: Bose QuietComfort 25i (QC25/QC25i)

    If there's one company that tends to do well in the field of noise cancellation, it's Bose. We've seen its headphones used by so many on overseas trips, and…
  • Review: Oppo N1 Mini

    Do you like selfies but are sick of the one or two megapixel cameras smartphones are coming with? Oppo's answer to this is an interesting one, putting the 13…

“How do you stop yourself from being caught out by these scam artists?”

Read More

Tell us…

Which smartwatch are you interested in buying?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

“There’s certainly no doubt that you can find a bargain, but like always, you get what you pay for.”

Read More