As more internet service providers have started including data caps in their internet packages, you may want to control your internet usage to avoid crossing data limits and incurring a data overage fee. So here are some easy-to-follow tips on how you can control your internet usage:
Prevent Unwarranted Use of Your Internet Connection
To stop any unauthorized users from signing into your account, password-protect or encrypt your wireless home network. If you have a personal router, go to your router manufacturer’s site to learn how to do this. It is also essential to update your antivirus software on regular basis and install the recommended security updates on your operating system.
Restrict File Sharing Programs
Some approved peer-to-peer file-sharing programs, like U torrent and Bit Torrent, by default upload or share files with others at the expense of your internet connection. Users are often unaware of this activity that silently happens in the background and can consume a significant amount of their allocated data. To prevent this from occurring, make sure your upstream internet is limited and also check the program’s preferences.
It is critical to take the necessary steps to prevent your device from malicious hackers. Invest in a reliable internet service provider that values users’ online security. For example, Mediacom a free Total Defense™ cybersecurity suite to its customers, which secures up to five of your devices against spyware and viruses
Keep an Eye on Audio & Video Streaming
Most people keep videos and audio running on their devices while they are not using them. Doing so can generate data usage you might not be aware of. So, always disable streaming audio/video players while you are away from your device.
Try Bandwidth Throttling
Bandwidth throttling usage does not stop anyone in your home or office from accessing the internet, but it slackens them. If your router offers you this option, simply drag the slider to a proper level. This may require some trial and error, so attempt the halfway mark and check it on a few sites and then alter it, as required. You must be able to access most websites rapidly, but playing video games or downloading movies online will be more difficult and slower to do. Therefore, avoiding unnecessary data usage.
Check the Quality of Videos You Watch
The amount of data usage from a video can fluctuate greatly depending on the quality of the video. Some top websites, like Netflix and YouTube, allow you to watch videos anywhere from 4K (highest) to 144p (lowest) and also give you the option to adjust the video quality as per your preference. Remember, the finer the quality, the higher the data usage. You can substantially decrease your internet usage by compromising a little on the video quality. You can also invest in a cable TV service that lets you record shows, like Mediacom Xtream, so you no longer have to look for a secure Wi-Fi spot while you are away from home, and you can save on your costly internet data as well.
Manage Your Automatic Settings
Always be well aware of your device settings. Few sites and devices automatically upload and download unless you modify the settings. For instance, Facebook may play videos automatically, so if you are not sure if an online page has a video or not, you may accidentally end up playing that video. Go to Facebook’s Help Center to learn how to disable auto-play from your settings.
We hope this guide helps you in controlling your internet usage. If none of the above-mentioned tips work for you, make sure you have signed up for a suitable internet plan based on your internet speed needs. Take a speed test to check if your provider is actually delivering the promised speed as mentioned on the contract or not. An internet plan without data caps usually costs higher or isn’t offered by most providers at all, so look for an internet plan with higher data caps. Good luck!