Whether you’re a serious gamer, social media fanatic, movie buff or you just enjoy surfing the web after a hard day at work; don’t let slow internet get you down. There are things you can do to improve your online experience before poor internet quality has you frustrated and frantic looking for answers. Whether you have Frontier Internet, Verizon, AT&T, satellite internet, or Metronet Internet, here are five internet tips and tricks that will help you enjoy your favorite online activities with ease.
1. Close Some Browser Tabs
Keeping too many tabs open while you’re browsing the internet could lead to a bad time. Whether you’ve noticed a difference in your device performance; having a lot of tabs open uses a lot of working memory. Not all sites are created equal as well. Some may use more of your working memory than others. Generally that’s sites with a lot of media running in the background.
If you routinely find yourself keeping many tabs open and your device isn’t running as well as it should while online, simply close the tabs you’re not using or don’t need anymore. You should see your internet enabled device bounce back. If it seems like your device can’t handle more than a couple of tabs on a regular basis, getting a new device with updated specs will help your device run better.
2. Use A Password Manager
It’s probably not shocking to hear that the majority of web users choose extraordinary weak passwords and recycle them more often than their physical recyclables on trash day. Yes, it can be a hassle remembering so many unique passwords, but it is essential to your online safety to do so. If this sounds like you, luckily there is a very easy solution; use a password manager.
Password managers are great because they’ll do all the remembering for you. They securely store your login information and will help you log into them automatically. The only caveat is that you’ll have to remember a master password to utilize your new password manager.
3. Keep Your Devices & Software Updated
Sounds simple enough, but do you keep your devices updated? We cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure all of your internet enabled devices, including your router, are updated with the latest software and firmware updates. Updates to your software are essential because they often close loopholes that cybercriminals can exploit and resolve any bugs present from a previous update or from out of the box.
If you hold off making software updates because you’re worried about them bogging down your Wi-Fi, iust schedule them to update at a time when you know you won’t be online like when you’re sleeping and you won’t have to worry about software updates anymore.
4. Plug Your Ethernet Cord Into Your Gaming Console
Does your game lag or disconnect when you play online? If you’re paying for adequate internet speeds, take a leap of faith and try plugging in your Ethernet cable directly into your gaming console. You should notice an immediate improvement in the strength of your connection, shorter ping times and faster speeds. By plugging in your gaming console, you’re removing all the variables that affect your experience when you game with Wi-Fi. If setting up with an Ethernet connection is a hassle, we assure you it’s totally worth it! It can seriously change your gaming experience forever, so give it a try.
5. Check Your Internet Speed
How do you know that you’re getting the internet speeds you’ve been paying for? You don’t unless you check it with a third party speed testing tool. There’s many free speed test sites available like Speedtest By Ookla, Fast by Netflix, Project Stream Speed Test by Google and many more. Testing your internet speeds is not only a great way to make sure you’re truly receiving the speeds your internet provider has promised, but it’s a good way to troubleshoot your technical problems too.
We suggest performing a speed test on a semi regular basis at different times of the day. Your test results will come back skewed if you’re testing during peak hours or are trying to download the latest PlayStation 5 game in the background while the test is running.
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