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How to Reduce Your Bandwidth Consumption (Part 2)

Internet bandwidth consumption is still one of the major concerns of many Internet users. Since that dreadful day those Internet service providers started implementing data caps for their packages, our Internet activities has never been the same. Or perhaps they still are but are hurting our pockets if we have paid for unlimited bandwidth plans.


Internet bandwidth consumption is still one of the major concerns of many Internet users. Since that dreadful day those Internet service providers started implementing data caps for their packages, our Internet activities has never been the same. Or perhaps they still are but are hurting our pockets if we have paid for unlimited bandwidth plans.

Here are some ways to check and reduce your bandwidth consumption.

  1. Limit BitTorrent use

As we’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, BitTorrent is a time-saving and efficient protocol to use when you need to download and share large media files. But there is always a compromise. You can use to save time with BitTorrent but you pay for it with your bandwidth. This protocol maximizes your upload and download streams simultaneously, thereby consuming a lot of bandwidths. So limit use for important files if you really want to save on bandwidth. Or otherwise, try other slower file sharing methods like cloud storage.

  1. Limit VOIP use

VoIP, which stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, is another protocol like BitTorrent that consumes a lot of bandwidths. Some of the more common examples include Skype, Google Hangouts, Vonage, Lingo, and Ooma among many others. All these can be bandwidth intensive especially if you do video-conferencing at top quality. One way to save bandwidth is to limit use for business transactions only or important and urgent matters. Or not use video at all even for such calls, unless really necessary.

  1. Check for malware

Malware can actually cause bandwidth problems. So if you have already minimized your streaming activities, stopped using BitTorrent, and limited your use of VoIP and other bandwidth saving activities, but still, you consume too much bandwidth with very minimal or ordinary web browsing activities, malware may be the culprit. Regularly update your malware scanning software and aggressively scan your computers for malware. Then see if that made a difference.

Let’s face it. Bandwidth will now be limited for most of us ordinary human beings with limited resources. But now you have just learned several ways to proactively address the issue of running out of bandwidth so you can still enjoy your Internet adventures.

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