We all live in a world where faster is better and having a fast and efficient Internet connection plays an important role in our daily lives. Scroll below for helpful tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your internet connection.
Keep it Clean
Make sure your anti-virus and anti-malware programs are up to date and run scans on a regular basis. Nasty bugs and viruses can put a serious strain on even the fastest connections and most up-to-date computer systems.
Close any browsers plug-ins or add-ons you’re currently not using. Sometimes these programs can be running without you even knowing it.
Secure Your Connection
Make sure the wireless network in your home is secure. If your network isn’t password protected, a neighbor could be piggy-backing on your wireless connection which means slower speeds for you.
It might also help to move a little closer to your modem. A wireless access point that is far away or behind a thick wall could affect your speed. Moving a little closer to your modem could make a big difference.
Turn Off Other Devices
Disconnect all non-essential devices from your network connection. This will minimize broadband congestion.
You may not realize it but your computer may be downloading automatic updates. Downloading these large files will consume available bandwidth potentially slowing down other devices. Try to schedule your computer to make updates during a time when you will not be relying on your connection.
Check Your Memory
Having a computer with adequate memory is a must if you want to get the most out of your internet speed – the more the better. Your web browser has a 'Temporary Internet Files' cache which stores a record of everything you’ve downloaded such as images, web pages and cookies. This takes up space on your computer and can cause it to run slower. Clearing your cookies cache and browser history on a regular basis can help you system run at optimum speed.
Upgrade Your Computers and Speed
All computers slow down over time and online activities change too. A higher speed may not have been necessary when you signed up for service but may be required now to fit your needs. Also it's no surprise newer computers generally run faster but they fill up too.
Being conscious of the above information will help you maximize your Internet connection.