How to conserve your bandwidth

On 12/05/2012, in How To, by Norman Dean

If you a subscriber to an internet connection that has a FAP (Fair Access Policy) you may have a daily or monthly usage allowance. Currently I am using a WildBlue connection with a 10GB per month usage allowance. Thats not much in the grand scheme of things but I know of folks that are limited to 5GB per month using a cellular 3G connection. So your bandwidth becomes a valuable commodity, and if you reach that limit you may be limited to dial-up speeds, completely cut off or even worse charged outrageous overage prices just to get you through the month.

Sometimes reaching your limit is sometimes inevitable but most of the time preventable with proper management of bandwidth hogs.

First turn off all automatic OS & program updating.

Windows – Start Menu > Control panel > Windows Update > Change Settings > “Never Check for Updates”

OSX – Apple Logo > System Preferences > Software Updates > Un-check “Check for Updates”

Adobe Acrobat – Open Program – Edit > Preferences > Updater > “Do not check for updates”

Adobe Flash – Start Menu > Control Panel > Adobe Flash > Advanced > “Never check for updates”

Java – Start Menu > Control Panel > Java > Un-check “Check for updates”

Firefox – Tools > Options > Advanced > Update > “Never Check for Updates”

Never disable the automatic updates for your antivirus software!

Other ways of reducing bandwidth hogs in your browser. When using either Firefox or Chrome (you aren’t using Internet Explorer are you? Shame if you are) you can use plugins to reduce unwanted downloading.

Install these plugins they are available in both Firefox & Chrome


This addon allows the user to select the content that he/she wishes to play. Some websites now display mini videos as advertisements without the users approval. To play an embedded flash video or audio just click it.



Adblock Plus

This addon identifies advertisements based upon a database build by every day users like you. It simply does not allow the advertisements to load. This one has a 2 fold advantage, not only does it reduce your bandwidth usage but you dont have to see those irritating ads.


When watching videos on Youtube, Hulu, Netflix and others reduce the video quality to what is appropriate to your screen and eyes. I know that 240p is kinda pix-elated but most videos don’t have to be watched at the higher resolutions. On my netbook I cannot tell the difference between 480p and 360. Usually at the lower right corner there is a settings button, the usual options are 240, 360, 480, 720, & 1080.  The lower you go the less data you will use watching the video, cool huh.

And for you MagicJack users you can reduce your overhead by click on the 3G button at the top left of your program window. This will reduce the quality slightly but you will have a more stable connection while reducing the amount of data used.

Happy Computing!


Norman M Dean




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