What to do when retiring your old mobile device

Have you recently upgraded your mobile phone, or are you thinking about it in the near future?

With the continual innovation of new technology, the life expectancy of your mobile device can be as short as three years before you need to update – or maybe you elect to update sooner to stay on top of the newest releases.

So what should you do with your old device? Recycle it, of course!

Griffith is committed to finding sustainable solutions for our end of life electronics as part of our E-Waste and Sustainability campaign. To facilitate this, there are E-Waste recycling stations at each campus library, as well as the EcoCentre and various student centres.

However, just as you wouldn’t leave a public computer without logging out of all your personal accounts, don’t forget to remove your personal data from your mobile device before disposing of it!

Lately, there has been an increase in the number of phones being dropped off to be recycled that still have access to the owner’s highly confidential data: private text messages, personal photos, online accounts and even banking passwords!  

To avoid the risk of having your accounts hacked or money stolen, it’s important to ensure you remove your personal data before your recycle.

Simply follow the checklist below, then get recycling!

  • Back up the device
  • Manually remove any personal information (a factory reset does not necessary delete all personal information)
  • Log out of online accounts  (iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Google Play, etc) and social media (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Manually turn off any ‘find my phone’ applications (i.e. Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager)
  • Unpair any devices such as Car Media or iWatch
  • Perform a factory reset
  • Remove your SIM card

For further information on the data management of your device before recycling visit the Recycling Devices webpage, or take a look at the tips on the Mobile Muster, Apple iOS, or Android websites.

Master your universe


Are you the master of your universe?

Sorry, that was a loaded question perhaps we’ve been watching too much Tony Robbins lately.

We just got a bit excited because the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) has a great opportunity for you to build a better future and make your life a masterpiece – oops, there we go again!

Here’s less pep talk, more facts…

On Thursday 14 July AURIN will be holding a free masterclass workshop at Griffith University’s Nathan campus, and you’re invited!

The workshop will explore their extensive data repositories and extract information about Australian cities. As a participant, you will use the portal’s user-friendly, yet sophisticated, tools to mould this information into visible and sharable knowledge. Until now, much of this information has remained behind closed doors!

Participants will undertake comparative analyses to study health data, analyse revealing socio-economic information, investigate walkability of neighbourhoods and more. Familiarity with these metrics is essential to understanding patterns of urban development and to best inform smart urban growth for a sustainable future.

So if you want to mash-up data and explore untouched information, here is what you need to do:

Register online

Put it in your calendar

Charge your laptop

Where: Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111

When: 2pm – 5pm, Thursday 14 July 2016

Cost: Free (what a bargain!)

What you need to bring: BYO laptop (They also suggest bringing along your recharge cable)

To clarify, Tony Robbins will not be appearing at this event. However, this workshop will give you knowledge and we all know knowledge is power…

Griffith’s website now available on HTTPS

Secure HTTPSGriffith’s public website (griffith.edu.au) and other sites hosted on the Squiz Matrix content management system (CMS) were updated on 15 July 2015 to exclusively use HTTPS to secure communications with the web server.

Apart from securing our web pages in transferring data, this change raises the quality and reputation of our web presence. According to Google, this will gradually enhance search results for our site (HTTPS as a ranking signal (2014) Google Webmaster Central Blog).

Over the three-month project, the Project Team completed detailed planning and testing that allowed for a lot of small but important changes to be applied prior to 15 July.

Along the way the Project Team discovered and addressed a range of other issues, not directly caused by changing to HTTPS, but which have delivered benefits in page performance, content quality and general user experience. These benefits will continue beyond the project.

Although there were some minor unpredicted issues requiring specific investigation and fixes on the day – to be expected given the complexity and potential impacts of the changes – the migration went well and there are very few outstanding concerns.

Also, as expected, there were some other issues reported on the day that were unrelated and pre-existing and were only discovered because of the focus on actively testing sites and pages within the site.

The change has provided a marginal improvement in the performance of the page load and file retrieval speeds for griffith.edu.au. The Project Team says this benefit was achieved through the overall review and tidying of the network settings as well as further tuning of the CMS server.

Many thanks go to the Project Team and other support staff for all their efforts and focus on an excellent project outcome. This includes: Andrew Williams, Leanne Towerzey, Giscard Brehon, Nathan Judson, Kane Tapping, Colin Morris, Carlton Davison, Jeff Braine and Chris Gay.

Thanks also to the general web publishing community and the publishers who tested their sites before the migration and subsequently reported issues and, where necessary, made changes to their sites to accommodate the use of HTTPS.

More information about the project is available from the HTTPS Project website.

More information on HTTPS can be found on Wikipedia.

Terra Nova project comes to a successful completion

The Climate Change Adaptation Information Hub project, which delivered the Terra Nova project, has now been successfully completed.

The project, which involves the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and Griffith researchers and policy makers, has been commended by ANDS Director Ross Wilkinson. Mr Wilkinson went on to specifically acknowledge the work of Griffith staff; Prof. Brendan Mackey, Malcolm Wolski, Andrew Bowness, Samuel Mackay, Gerhard Weis, James Mills, Samuel Wolski and Mitchell Kerry. Mentioning their hard work “has resulted in a significant demonstration of the value of bringing data together by your institution and delivered benefits to the Australian research community.”

TerraNova is a joint initiative between Griffith School of the Environment and eResearch Services at Griffith university, the Queensland CyberInfrastructure Foundation, and the Australian National Data Service, and addresses research infrastructure needs for investigations into climate change adaptation research.