There are a few methods to minimise data usage:
- Turn off automatic updates.
This is probably the most important way to save download allowance. Many programs, as well as operating systems themselves, routinely check for available updates and download them. Turn these off to save on data usage.
Turn automatic updates back on when you have the bandwidth or you might leave security holes open on your computer.
- Use webmail.
You can save data by using a web-based version of your email program known as webmail. This means that if someone sends you a large attachment, you can choose not to download it while you are away from your fixed line broadband connection.
- Remove Adware/Spyware.
Adware and spyware programs, which may be on your computer without you noticing, can use up your data allowance. They can also leave your computer prone to attack by other viruses. Use your security software to locate and remove them.
- Turn off images when you surf.
If you are happy to browse the Internet without pictures, even just temporarily, disable them when surfing.
To turn off images:
- Open Internet Explorer.
- From the Tools menu, select Internet Options to display the Internet Options dialog.
- Click on the Advanced tab.
- Scroll down to the Multimedia section.
- Uncheck the Show pictures box.
- Uncheck the Play animations in webpages box.
- Click on the OK button.
Tip: If this article didn't answer your question, please see if a similar question has already been answered in the Support Forum. If not, please post your question; other customers may be able to help.