I wound up switching from an unrestricted Internet Provider to a restricted plan because I needed a better connection. For the first time I encountered datashock. Once I called up my provider and increased my data for the month, I had to figure out which device was the guilty party and how to manage my errant devices. For those of you who don’t know data-saving tactics, here is a brief run-down:
- Close all your apps. If they are left running in the background they will use data while you are not watching.
- For a machine running Windows 8, you can set your metered data settings. Tutorial available here.
- Windows 8 also has a built-in function to show estimated data use. Pull up your networks in the charm bar, right click your network and show data use :
- For Mac users, its a bit more elusive. Groovin’ on apps wrote a great post here.
- There are a couple free apps in the Apple store Mac users can download to monitor data usage including Onavo:
- Make sure apps are not updating automatically if possible.
- Video streaming of any kind is your worst enemy.
- Make good use of public networks if possible. Now is the time for a coffee shop or restaurant with free wifi. The price of the meal is less than your data plan.
- Here’s a big shock: AT&T will start selling customers’ usage data [GigaOM] (gigaom.com)
- Data-hungry smartphone owners will gobble 300% more data by 2017 (venturebeat.com)
- Mobile Data Use To Grow 300% Globally By 2017 Led By Video, Web Traffic, Says Strategy Analytics (techcrunch.com)
- A Wise Guy’s Guide to Wi-Fi Video (networking.answers.com)
- Does anyone really understand big data? (stellarphoenixs.wordpress.com)