- more devices are capable of connecting to the internet: phones, tablets, gaming consoles, SmartTVs, and even refrigerators can connect wirelessly to the internet. Keep track of what devices you leave running on Wi-Fi.Windows 8 Metered Connection Settings: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/metered-internet-connections-frequently-asked-questions
- automatic-updates: your computer and any other programs you use will often keep working in the background, even if you're not actively using that program, in order to keep your system/program up-to-date. Anti-virus programs will periodically use your internet connection to check back with their malware database for any updates. You should have an option to turn off auto-updates and/or schedule them for a later time.
- multimedia content: Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, news sites, and other websites will contain videos, animated gifs, and sound clips that may start playing as soon as you land on the site. So much content, so easily available almost everywhere on the internet.
Windows PC: http://www.ehow.com/how_5685413_check-programs-running-background.htmlPotential Viruses and Malware: Malware can use your internet connection without your knowledge. Googost is just one example of how malware can do this. The other links are ways to secure your system to prevent malware from taking over.
Mac OS X: http://www.ehow.com/how_4799610_running-processes-mac-os-x.html
Kindle Fire: http://www.cyberockk.com/2013/07/5-ways-to-speed-up-your-kindle-fire-hd_3.html
Microsoft BITS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Background_Intelligent_Transfer_Service
Googost: http://www2.alcatel-lucent.com/techzine/battling-googost-bandwidth-stealing-bot/Avast! Anti-Virus Streaming Updates: If you use Avast!, please read this article, as it describes how it streams its anti-virus updates. Other anti-virus programs also need regular updates to safeguard your system. We recommend checking those update settings and adjust them, if possible, to download during your Bonus Bytes hours. http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/avast_introduces_streaming_updates_new_antivirus_software
General security information and tips: http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/default.aspx
More security information for advanced users: https://www.us-cert.gov/Home-Network-Security
DropboxAuto-Play videos/audio on websites (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, etc): Facebook, news sites, entertainment sites, etc. may have videos that auto-play as soon as you land on their page. Not all sites have a feature to turn auto-play off, so remember this. Even if you stop the media from playing fully, that entire video or song has already been cached, ready to be played.
Roku - http://support.roku.com/home3rd Party E-mail: Using e-mail clients can constantly fetch and download your e-mail from their e-mail server. Most, if not all, e-mail clients let you adjust how often to check the server and download mail.
TiVo - http://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1279
Chromecast - https://support.google.com/chromecast/?hl=en#topic=3447927
AppleTV - https://www.apple.com/support/appletv/
Amazon Fire TV - http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201347660
DIRECTV Video On Demand
Dish Network Video On Demand
Outlook - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/Unprotected Wi-Fi Networks: Be sure to password protect your Wi-Fi network, or else you may have unauthorized devices connecting to your network, using your data. Here are links to some popular router support sites to help you get that set up. You should also have instructions on how to password-protect your network in your router’s user manual.
Thunderbird - https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/thunderbird
Macmail - https://www.apple.com/support/mac-apps/mail/
Windows Live Mail - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/email-communication-help#email-communication-help=windows...
Netgear - http://support.netgear.com/for_home/default.aspxThe most important tool to download is the Status Meter, available in the Customer Support Center, so download that if you haven’t already: supportcenter.myhughesnet.com
Linksys - http://support.linksys.com/en-us/support?icid=global-header-support-link
D-link - http://support.dlink.com/
Belkin - http://www.belkin.com/us/support
ASUS - http://www.service.asus.com/#!consumer/csn9
Buffalo - http://www.buffalotech.com/support-and-downloads
(Apple) Airport Express - https://www.apple.com/support/airport/
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