Most broadband internet users are under the impression that they have an unlimited amount of data to transfer and that they can download and upload all of the files they want. However, some broadband plans limit the amount of bandwidth one can use on a monthly basis. Once these download quotas are reached, the user will either have to pay extra for additional broadband or simply go without the internet altogether. And as you may expect, the charge to increase your bandwidth is outrageous at best.
If your Internet Service Provider has capped the amount of broadband you can use on a monthly basis, consider the following tips. These are solid, yet simple steps that anybody can take in order to decrease their personal broadband usage and avoid going over any kind of download quotas..
Avoid peer-to-peer file sharing Most peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs typically have your computer uploading data just as fast as you can download it. Essentially that is exactly how a peer-to-peer file sharing program works. However, these uploads can really slow down your high-speed internet and waste a lot of your broadband.
Turn off your computer when not in use A good way to waste your download quota quickly is to leave your computer running overnight. Updates are being downloaded to your computer and installed constantly, especially during the late night hours, and spyware may even be sending or receiving data as well.
Disable automatic updates Automatic updates are notorious broadband wasters. Many times the updates that are being downloaded and installed have very little functionality to add to your current software, if any. Not only do these automatic updates take a huge toll on any download quotas you may have, but sometimes they are not even properly tested may even cause harm to your system.
Avoid adding toolbars and other accessories to your browser There are so many browser add-ons today it is ridiculous. Of course they are all advertised as being able to perform a function that you absolutely cant live without, but in reality they are just wasting your broadband with every passing minute. Some add-ons are continually checking online servers for new updates, and some may even load up annoying (and broadband-wasting) pop-ups and other types of advertisements.
Streaming video websites, such as YouTube, has become extremely popular as of late, as are network TV websites which allow viewers to stream entire episodes online. However, it takes a lot of broadband to stream these large videos over the internet and a lot of download quotas are being reached prematurely because of it. In fact, estimates now show that streaming video accounts for 50% of all the traffic on the Internet today.