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Data usage dissapearing.

Amanda
Moderator

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Hello,

First I would like to say thank you to our great champions and contributors for always being here to help! 

Euni - personally I use Malwarebytes on all my devices and swear by it. Even paying for a year's worth of proactive protection is worth it in the end - the cost of repairing or buying a new computer is a lot more than what a good anti-virus will cost for a year. 

Thanks
Amanda
Euni
New Poster

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Thanks Amanda, I do have Norton Antivirus that I pay for,  considering  purchasing  the Malware,  but I can do so little  and paying a lot for HN internet,  don't know  if I can afford it, I am on a limited income, try to use the "free" options first for a while. I have no other devices.
Euni
New Poster

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Gwalk, been monkeying for 1 hr now, looked at the  "how to geek" would need to download  snipping tool, tried x4, malware blocks it as a potential threat, quarantine,  Norton  says OK.
Euni
New Poster

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

statusmeter also uses a lot of data.
Gwalk900
Honorary Alumnus

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

The snipping tool is built into win7.
Click START and in the search window type in Snipping tool.
You can also find it under start, all programs, accessories , snipping tool.
Euni
New Poster

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

found it. Thank you.
Gwalk900
Honorary Alumnus

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

That doesn't look bad, Browser activity seems a little on the high side for no longer than the monitoring period was but it really all depends on what you are doing.

I would say just keep a close eye on things and make it point to open Malwarebytes once per week and run a scan. Do that with Norton AV also.


Euni
New Poster

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

I am checking daily at this point, run malware as suggested, Norton also.  HN is my homepage, I just sign on and to get  email, and FB , that's all in the am not for long,  just now  my data was at 73%, signed on to homepage and email and answer here, data went to 68 % . I think that's bit much just to GET to the email, have not done anything , besides can't do much anyway.   :0(      thanks Gwalk.
Gwalk900
Honorary Alumnus

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Hi Euni,

" HN is my homepage, I just sign on and to get  email, and FB"

Lets break this down a little bit.

Q:What is a Homepage?

A: A "homepage" is any webpage that you designate as a "landing place" when you open a web browser. It can even be a blank page ... that loads "nothing".

A web page is built up of many "segments". It used to be in the past that a webpage was mostly text based and once the page was loaded it was  ... static ... it was unchanging until you refreshed the page. With few if any images and very limited advertising content the amount of data consumed by opening a page was very small and pages loaded very quickly.

The things changed, drastically, and not for the better.

Popular webpages started selling advertising space on their webpages, first a little, then a lot. It got to the point that 90% of the page that was loaded was stuff that was not directly concerned with what the user wanted to actually see. More and more of the users data was being consumed by those "outside" segments of the website.

Then it got worse. Scripts and flash objects, auto-start video clips and an "auto-refresh" of the either the entire page or at least most of the "pieces" that made up the page.

When you said "HN is my homepage" I'm wondering if it is this one?:

http://myhughesnet.hughesnet.com/

If so that page will chew up data like a drunken sailor on a Saturday night.

If that page is left open it will eat data all the time its open. If you open another tab and that page is open in another tab .. it will eat data .... like mad.

The purpose of a "homepage" is to provide a landing spot on the internet when a browser is first opened. It should provide basic information that suits a users taste as an information "feed" but not be like the "tabloid lane" in a supermarket checkout.

As an example my "homepage" on first opening a browser was msn.com. It provided a quick "news fix" before I went to my intended internet destination. My browser is set to open subsequent tabs as "blank pages" that consume no data at all rather then open another instance of my homepage.

MSN has changed as time went on and now consumes more data on a simple opening and it is time to review my browser settings to reduce the data bleed or select another "landing spot" or perhaps even go to a blank page as a browser opener.

All browsers have a "favorites" function and this is truly your friend. You need to find "direct links" to where you wish to go (example: Hughes webmail) you do not HAVE to go to the data eating "HN homepage" when you can select a different link:

Example: Hughes "myAccount" page:

http://my.hughesnet.com/myaccount

That will allow you to click the "mail" icon and then log in:


When it comes to checking email, there are two methods .. webmail access where you open a browser and then access the email server in question or through the use of an email client program that does not require the use of a browser but accesses your email accounts on your behalf and downloads the emails to your local computer.

I seldom use the webmail interface. Instead I use the free Thunderbird email program from Mozilla, the makers of Firefox.

That right there would save you data by not having to open a browser at all

Thunderbird can be downloaded from here:

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/


That brings us to browsers themselves.

I use Internet Explorer for many of my tasks but not all.

I always use Firefox when accessing Facebook due to the number of browser extensions that help limit data usage in a number of ways.

 


Euni
New Poster

Re: Data usage dissapearing.

Hi Gwalk, wow,  I wish you lived next door,  learning  a lot from you. You are right, HN home page is constantly moving, streaming etc., I set it as home page to access my email, now I would like to set  my home page with the link "my account" to go directly to the email, how do I do that, there is nothing that says "set this as my homepage".   Like I said before, I pretty much can't do much  on here  with the data plan I have, 500 MB, but was told in the beginning that its plenty.  I look at facebook and communicate with friends that way, or email,  look at ebay, tried to sell something but could not get the pic. to load, HN was to slow or I was out of data. I read  my hometown Newspaper and look at craft patterns,   which I write down quick and have friend print out for me. and that is about it for $71.11 a month, contacted a wireless co. in my area, waiting for a call back re; tower close enough. ???? 

So , thank you Gwalk for all your input and helping me again, I really do appreciate it.  When I started with my PC  a long time ago, it was fun, now I have more frustration.  I know "Technology" rapidly changes, sometimes my little brain can't keep up, lol, .... but you are a Gem. Thanks.