How to monitor the programs that use the internet on your Windows PC?

Task Manager

Step One 

Download managers and torrent downloaders are good examples of data-sucking programs that could exhaust your bundle without you knowing it. To easily identify these programs and stop them from running in the background, right-click your taskbar or press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT, select Task Manager and then switch to the Processes tab. Identify each program and click on End Process every time.

Step Two 

Windows Update is also known to exhaust loads of data with heavy downloads of system updates. To verify whether Windows Update is downloading, simply go to Control Panel, move to System and Security and then select Windows Update. You can decide to stop downloads and turn off automatic installations in the service’s settings.

Step Three 

Some websites load with auto-playing ads or videos. To stop your browser from playing them automatically, shut down the Shockwave Flash plugin. In Chrome, you can locate this plugin in the browser’s Task Manager by pressing SHIFT+ESC. In Firefox, you can press CTRL+SHIFT+A and go to Plugin. In Internet Explorer, simply go to Manage Add-ons to disable the plugin.

Step Four

If you’re a tech-whiz, then Windows’ free TCPView is certainly the program for you. TCPView can track and display all the programs using the internet on your computer—be it programs sending information or receiving information over the internet. The best part is that TCPView is free and well under a megabyte in size.

Managing Your Data Consumption

Contrary to popular belief 4G LTE does not consume more data than 3G just because it’s faster. The myth stems from the fact that 4G LTE is more efficient and enables our customers to access web content at a much higher rate, which allows you to do more online with your Surfline 4G LTE service.  

Dropbox is a data-consuming machine.Feel like you’re using more data than you’re used to? Cloud service consumption could be the culprit. Switch off automatic synchronization for apps such as iCloud, Facebook, DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive and more to save on your Surfline data bundle. 

Automatic uploads draining your data? By opting to manually choose when to download updates on your PC and mobile devices, you can gain insight into the file size before downloading. 

Did you know a 1.5 GB HD movie is the same size whether you download or stream it? HD movies however have larger file sizes than SD movies due to their higher quality; so when streaming, consider streaming movies in SD instead of HD.

How to reduce data usage while streaming videos?

Watching videos online can use anywhere from a few megabytes to several gigabytes of data in a single hour!

Streaming in HD is more data-consuming than SD.Adjusting the data usage settings for your video is the easiest way to reduce the amount of bandwidth used while watching videos.

Whether you are streaming video content on YouTube, Netflix or Facebook, you have the option to stream in SD (standard definition) instead of HD (high definition).

So why is it necessary to turn off the HD option when viewing videos online? This is because HD videos come with higher quality, and they are consequently heavier; but remember that streaming an entire 3GB video file is the same as downloading a 3GB video file in full. Streaming lighter videos, which usually results in minor quality reduction, is therefore useful when you want to save data.


How to save data when downloading torrents and seeding?

Downloading torrents legally is a nice way to get heavy files from the internet while controlling the download process (pausing, resuming, etc.). But in addition to what corresponds to the size of your torrents, you may actually be consuming more data than you think.

Seeding will impact your data usage.This happens as you are seeding, thus exhausting data by uploading the file back to the network. Seeding is in itself a good thing, as it helps maintain the overall availability of a file on P2P network for other users to download. However, always keep in mind that seeding consists of sharing the file back to the network, which means engaging in an upload process.

When it comes to data consumption though, both downloads and uploads have direct effects on your data balance. So if you are downloading a heavy torrent and seeding at the same time, you’re obviously consuming loads of data!

Consider reducing the upload speed in your torrent client to save data. Monitoring your torrents is also a good way to understand how fast your data is being exhausted; simply pause them if you believe you do not have enough data to continue seeding.

How to reduce data usage on iOS?

If you are an Apple user, there are a number of measures you can take to avoid exhausting data involuntarily. First, make sure you disable the Background App Refresh feature.

Consider turning off automatic updates on your iOS device.When turned on, this feature allows apps to refresh in the background when you are not using them. You can turn off this feature by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. You can turn it off for all apps, or for specific apps only.

Automatic app updates on iOS can also consume a lot of data, especially for heavy apps. If you are really concerned about your data usage, try disabling that feature by going to Settings > iTunes & App Store and switching off the Update field under Automatic Downloads.

Note: You will still be able to update apps individually by visiting the Updates section in the App Store on your device.