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How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

If you’re a Windows Phone owner on a limited data plan, you don’t want to go over your limits. Here’s how to limit data on WP 8.1 and Win 10 Mobile.

We recently detailed how you can effectively manage your mobile data in iOS using the free app My Data Manager. In addition to being an iOS user, I also use a Windows Phone. Unfortunately, there is no app like My Data Manager for Windows Phone.

But you can use the built-in settings to help manage your mobile data efficiently. Here is a look at how you can do that.

I use a pre-paid plan on my smartphones since it’s less expensive and easier to manage. When I add credit to my phone then activate the plan, I am notified of the amount of data I have on my phone and when it expires.

Manage Data Windows Phone 8.1

Swipe down then tap All Settings then swipe down then tap Data Sense.

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Next, select Set Limit.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Tap the Limit type list box then tap the limit type you want to use and then select how many days your plan will last.

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Enter the amount of available data then enable Restrict background data usage, this will limit background applications from sipping your data. You should also enable restrictions for roaming.

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When your data is near its limit that is usually half way into your data, a notification will be sent.

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Set Data Limit in Windows 10 Mobile

If you’re running Windows 10 Mobile on your phone, it includes the ability to set your data limit, too. To access it head to Settings > Network & Wireless > Data usage and tap Set limit.

Then choose the limit type for your data plan, what you want to limit it to, and tap Save.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

I have seen significant savings in data when I enable these settings. I even have enough to roll over to a new plan, which means, I have more data to do more with my phone.

Chris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He’s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times and Reader’s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami’s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times—and that’s just here at How-To Geek. Read more.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 allows you to limit and monitor data usage, which isn’t just useful if you have a Windows tablet or laptop with mobile data. It’s also useful if you’re tethering your PC to your smartphone.

These tricks are useful, but bear in mind that simply setting a connection as a metered connection won’t reduce bandwidth usage by much. It also won’t affect desktop applications.

Set a Connection as Metered

Let’s say you have a mobile data connection or a tethered smartphone connection. You may even be connected to a wired Internet connection with a harsh bandwidth limit. You can set this connection as metered to Windows knows you want to reduce bandwidth usage as much as possible.

First, open the Wi-Fi panel by clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray or opening the charms, tapping Settings, and tapping your wireless network icon. Right-click or long-press a network and select Set as metered connection to make it a metered connection.

The network you’re connected to will now be considered a metered connection by Windows. Windows sets mobile data connections to metered by default, but you’ll have to set Wi-Fi connections — for example, the Wi-Fi network created by a tethered smartphone — to metered on your own.

Note that this option doesn’t do much on its own. You’ll want to tweak the options below to really restrict data usage.

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Track Data Usage

To track the bandwidth you’ve used on a network, right-click or long-press it in the same pane and select Show estimated data usage.

Windows is always tracking the amount of data you’re using, so if you enable this you’ll be able to immediately see your past data usage. You don’t even have to set a connection as metered to get this option.

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Note that this is called “estimated data usage” for a reason. It isn’t guaranteed to be perfectly accurate, as it’s measured in Windows. Your mobile data provider tracks the data on their end and they may have a different amount. Be sure to check your mobile data provider’s number and not only rely on the number Windows shows.

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Configure Data Use on Metered Connections

Setting a connection to metered won’t do anything on its own. This option just instructs Windows to use special settings for that connection when available. Setting a connection as metered won’t stop your BitTorrent client from going full-throttle on it, and it won’t stop Netflix from using the highest-quality, most bandwidth-intensive setting possible.

Windows will respond to a connection being metered in several ways. Windows Update will only download priority updates, not all updates. The Windows Store will pause downloading apps — including updates for apps — and live tiles on your Start screen won’t update.

You can control how Windows uses OneDrive and other sync options over metered connections by opening the PC Settings app and navigating to OneDrive > Metered Connections. From here, you can disable uploading and downloading files over metered connections. If you’re using Windows 8.1’s built-in OneDrive cloud storage on the desktop, you can have OneDrive not upload or download files on metered connections.

Note that, by default, Windows 8.1 will upload and download files over metered connections — it won’t do so only if you’re roaming.

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There’s also a Download over metered connections option under PC and devices > Devices. By default, Windows won’t download drivers and apps for new devices you connect while it’s on a metered connection, saving you bandwidth. If you see a “Setup incomplete because of metered connection” message while setting up a new peripheral, you’ll need to enable this option or connect to a non-metered connection.

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Under Search and apps > Search, you can tweak whether Bing will retrieve suggestions and web results over metered connections. Windows 8.1 will access Bing search results on metered connections by default, unless you’re roaming.

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These options are limited to controlling what Windows does, not restricting with third-party programs can do. Setting a metered connection won’t impact your web browser, BitTorrent client, or anything else. It’s possible that new Windows 8.1 “Store apps” will respect the metered connection setting and offer to restrict bandwidth based on it, but don’t expect desktop applications to do so.

Limit Data Usage on the Desktop

If you’re tethering or you have a direct mobile data connection and you want to restrict desktop application bandwidth usage, you’ll have to do this in a different way.

We’ve covered ways to restrict bandwidth usage when tethering, including using a compressing proxy like the “Off-Road mode” built into the Opera web browser, downloading Flash content on demand, and even disabling images in your web browser if you’re feeling desperate. All these tricks are still useful on Windows 8.1.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Setting a connection as metered helps somewhat, but these options can only help you so much. Even the estimated data usage shows you data usage over the last 30 days — which may not be a huge help if your mobile data provider measures data usage in monthly increments. Be sure to keep your data limits in mind and not count on Windows to manage them for you.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

If you’re a Windows Phone owner on a limited data plan, you don’t want to go over your limits. Here’s how to limit data on WP 8.1 and Win 10 Mobile.

We recently detailed how you can effectively manage your mobile data in iOS using the free app My Data Manager. In addition to being an iOS user, I also use a Windows Phone. Unfortunately, there is no app like My Data Manager for Windows Phone.

But you can use the built-in settings to help manage your mobile data efficiently. Here is a look at how you can do that.

I use a pre-paid plan on my smartphones since it’s less expensive and easier to manage. When I add credit to my phone then activate the plan, I am notified of the amount of data I have on my phone and when it expires.

Manage Data Windows Phone 8.1

Swipe down then tap All Settings then swipe down then tap Data Sense.

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Next, select Set Limit.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Tap the Limit type list box then tap the limit type you want to use and then select how many days your plan will last.

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Enter the amount of available data then enable Restrict background data usage, this will limit background applications from sipping your data. You should also enable restrictions for roaming.

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When your data is near its limit that is usually half way into your data, a notification will be sent.

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Set Data Limit in Windows 10 Mobile

If you’re running Windows 10 Mobile on your phone, it includes the ability to set your data limit, too. To access it head to Settings > Network & Wireless > Data usage and tap Set limit.

Then choose the limit type for your data plan, what you want to limit it to, and tap Save.

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I have seen significant savings in data when I enable these settings. I even have enough to roll over to a new plan, which means, I have more data to do more with my phone.

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Windows 8 is the first version of Windows that is designed to support mobile devices, such as tablets and hybrid laptops. From the user interface to the core of Windows 8, there are thousands of elements that focus on mobile users. The Start screen and Windows Store apps are great examples for the shift of Windows to become touch-friendly for mobile users. In addition, network settings also have many choices for optimizing mobile performance. In this article, I will introduce you to metered connections and how to turn airplane mode on/off.

WHAT IS METERED CONNECTION?

If you are using an internet connection that has a cap on the amount of data you can use or is a per-per-use type connection, that is considered to be a “metered connection”. For example, most mobile broadband networks (3G or 4G) are metered connections because they have data caps or charge you based on the amount of used data. While these types of connections are most popular on smartphones and tablets, some WiFi users have similar metered connections.

Because of their data cap or pay-per-use, everyone that uses a metered connection always want to minimize the consumption of data… or risk crying when the bill comes. This is where Windows 8 comes into play — Windows 8 has the built-in capability to set a connection as a metered connection and then take steps to help minimize data usage.

HOW DOES WINDOWS 8 TREAT HANDLE METERED CONNECTION?

When you designate a connection as a metered connection, Windows 8 will automatically limit the data use of your system. According to Microsoft, these are the steps Windows takes to minimize your data or bandwidth consumption:

  • Windows Update will only download priority updates.
  • Apps downloading from the Windows Store might be paused.
  • Start screen tiles might stop updating.
  • Offline files might not sync automatically.

HOW TO SET A CONNECTION AS METERED CONNECTION

By default, Windows 8 knows that a mobile network is a metered connection. So if you are using Windows 8 on a tablet, Windows 8 should automatically recognize when you are on network data. However, if Windows 8 does not automatically recognize your connection as metered or if you are on a metered WiFi connection or if you just want to decrease data/bandwidth consumption, you can do the following to manually set your network (even a WiFi network) as a metered connection:

  • Tap/click the network icon on system tray (in the bottom right corner) in desktop mode to show available networks. Another way to do this is via the Charms bar — place mouse or swipe from the right corner, choose Settings, and tap Network icon.
  • In the list of available networks, you need to find the connection you want to set as metered, long tap/right click on it, and choose “Set as metered connection”.

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Once you do that, Windows 8 treats the connection you selected as a metered connection and takes the necessary steps to minimize data or bandwidth consumption.

In addition to marking a connection as metered, you can make some manually tweaks in settings to avoid overuse of data or bandwidth on a metered connection. First, you can turn off synchronizing your settings over metered connection. To do this job, you need swipe from the right edge then choose Settings (if on a tablet) or press Windows + W hotkey. After that, you should tap/click “Change PC Settings”.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Once PC Settings has opened, you have to choose “Sync your settings” on left side. Finally, you just need to switch the toggle from “On” to “Off” position under the section “Sync settings over metered connections”.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Secondly, to better control your metered connection, there is another setting you can change — turning off downloads. In the same PC Settings window as described above, choose “Devices” on the left side. Then turn off “Download over metered connections”.

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How to track how much data/bandwidth is used

Windows 8 comes with a useful feature that natively tracks how much data or bandwidth you have consumed. This feature actually works on connections are metered or unmetered, but it is most useful for metered connections.

To show how much data or bandwidth you have used so far, you need to go to network settings just like how I described in the previous step. Then long tap/right click on the network you want to see and select “Show estimated data usage”. Windows 8 will then show you how much data or bandwidth has been consumed by your PC or tablet over that particular network.

Take note you only need to tap/click “Show estimated data usage” once; after the first time you just need to tap/click the network name in network settings and it will show your data usage at the bottom.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

HOW TO TURN ON AIRPLANE MODE

Airplane mode is a basic setting on mobile devices to help you safely using your device while a plane; it can also be used for any situation when you want to go completely off the grid because it disables all wireless connections your device, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, 2G/3G/4G, GPS, and NFC. Because of its desire to be a hybrid desktop/mobile OS, Windows 8 provides an airplane mode too.

You can turn on airplane mode by taping/clicking the network icon in system tray (in the bottom right corner) in desktop mode to show available networks. Another way to do this is via the Charms bar — place mouse or swipe from the right corner, choose Settings, and tap Network icon. Once at network settings, at the top of the panel, you will see the airplane mode setting. What you have to do is just switch it to the “On” position to enable it

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Disable it the same way — switch it to the “Off” position.

When you absolutely have to have an Internet connection, tethering your laptop to your phone is sometimes your only option. It happened to me the other day after a big thunderstorm knocked out my broadband for a few hours.

But even with my multi-gigabyte carrier plan, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of having my PC suck down too much of my monthly mobile data allotment. If you find yourself in a similar situation here are a few tips to reduce your data usage while tethering.

Set as metered

Windows 8.1 lets you set any Internet connection as metered.

The first thing you should do in Windows 8.1 is set your tethering connection as metered. This will tell Windows to not download any non-critical updates, Windows Store apps may restrict their data usage (mine kept crashing), and offline file sync via OneDrive should stop. It essentially slams the brakes on Windows’ major background data vampires.

To go metered, click on the network icon in the bottom right hand side of the taskbar. A charms bar will pop out with a list of all your connections. Right-click the tethering connection and select Set as metered connection.

You can also tweak a few other things to take advantage of the metered setting. Open the Settings app in the Modern UI by tapping the Windows logo key + “C”. Then go to Settings > Change PC settings > OneDrive > Metered connections.

For maximum bandwidth savings, you’ll want to make sure all of the options there are set to Off.

Next, back to the main menu in the Settings app and select PC and devices > Devices. Scroll down and make sure Download over metered connections is set to Off. Then go to Search and apps > Search and make sure everything under Metered connections is also turned off, unless you want search suggestions from Bing while searching your PC over a tethered connection.

Choose your browser

There are two browsers you can choose to reduce your data usage while tethering: Chrome and Opera.

Google’s browser can save bandwidth by not downloading images on web pages and setting all plugins as click-to-run only (a feature you may want to enable at all times for a less noisy, more secure Internet anyway). Opera has a free feature called Turbo that automatically compresses data via Opera’s servers before it gets sent to your PC to reduce bandwidth usage.

Here’s how to use the features.

Chrome

These instructions both start by clicking the Chrome “hamburger” menu icon in the upper right corner and selecting Settings.

Disable images: navigate to and select Show advanced settings > Privacy > Content settings… > Images > Do not show any images

Click-to-run plugins: navigate to and select Show advanced settings > Privacy > Content settings… > Plug-ins > Click to play

Opera

To turn on Turbo in Opera, click the main menu button in the upper left corner and select Opera Turbo from the drop down menu.

Disable your cloud

Finally, let’s disable any cloud services you may be using such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

Dropbox allows you to pause syncing when necessary.

For Dropbox, click the service’s icon in the lower right corner of your taskbar. If it’s not there, click on the upward facing arrow and you should see it in the small pop-up window that appears.

When you click the Dropbox icon, a small pop-up window appears. Click the settings icon in the upper right corner and select Pause syncing.

For Google Drive, again find the icon by clicking the upward facing arrow in the taskbar, then right-click the Drive icon and select Pause. You can also pause Microsoft’s OneDrive using this method, although it should cease syncing thanks to the options we turned off earlier in the Settings app. BitTorrent Sync users can also pause syncing by right-clicking its icon and choosing Pause BitTorrent Sync.

Tethering state of mind

Depending on how heavy your web browsing is these three tips can save you some serious data usage for those times when every megabyte counts. You’ll want to be sure to avoid streaming music and videos or large file downloads, as well–those can chew through data lickity-split. Just remember to resume your syncing and allow images to download automatically again in Chrome once you’re back to a regular Internet connection.

Reduce data usage“, often you may get this question? Here you will get simple steps to save your internet bandwidth as well as to work the internet faster. You may have a limited internet plan. Sometimes you may have to connect your pc to the smartphone. The smartphone may have a limited data plan. In these cases, you need to reduce data usage.

If you have limited data plans, you need to monitor data usage. Read my article about How to monitor internet data usage. If you follow this procedure, you will save data. It also helps to work your internet connection faster.

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Methods to Reduce data usage

Method 1: Use Google Chrome

Google Chrome works faster than Internet explorer. By default Google chrome compresses data. You can easily see this. Open any website with Google chrome and with Internet Explorer. You can easily see the difference in clarity. Google chrome opens a website with less clarity compare to IE.

Method 2: Change Google chrome settings

No doubt Google Chrome increases the speed of your internet connection. You can also read how to speed up Google chrome.

If you have a limited data plan or if you connect pc to the smartphone. Then you must Reduce data usage. Below settings will help to save data usage.

  1. Settings->advanced settings->privacy->Content settings->Images->check “do not show any images”
  2. Settings->advanced settings->privacy->Content settings->plugins->check “click to play”
  3. Settings->advanced settings->privacy->Content settings->popup->check “do not allow any site to show popups”

The first setting stops showing images. Usually, images take much bandwidth compare to text. If you can not understand the content without images, better don’t use the first setting.

The second setting stops playing videos and flash automatically. when you click, then only they will play. This setting is a must to Reduce data usage.

The third setting is also must to save bandwidth usage.

Method 3: Using Windows 8 or 10 metered connection

If you have Windows 8 or later versions, you have on more extra option to reduce bandwidth usage.

  • Read: How to save data on Windows 8 with a metered connection

Conclusion

These are the three effective methods to reduce data usage while you using limited data plans. If you know any other techniques to save bandwidth, do share in the comment section.

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Chris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He’s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The New York Times and Reader’s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami’s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times—and that’s just here at How-To Geek. Read more.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Some Internet service providers have harsh restrictions on the amount of bandwidth you can use in a month, charging you extra if you go over your bandwidth cap. Other ISPs restrict traffic at certain hours — for example, offering unlimited bandwidth only at night.

These caps can be frustrating in an age of high-quality streaming videos and services that depend on plentiful bandwidth. A few simple tips can help you make the most of that limited bandwidth if you can’t find a better ISP.

Track Your Bandwidth Usage

Keeping an eye on your bandwidth usage is key if you have a fairly low cap and are worried about going over it. If your ISP imposes bandwidth caps on you, they should have a website you can visit to view your bandwidth usage. This is the best place to see an up-to-date count of how much bandwidth you’re using. Bear in mind that it may not update instantly, so you may have to wait a day or so to see the latest information.

You can also try to track your own data usage. For example, Windows 8 has a bandwidth-usage tracking feature that can give you an idea of how much data you’ve transmitted in the last month. However, it isn’t the ideal solution — it will only track bandwidth used by a single computer, won’t exactly line up with your monthly billing period, and isn’t the number your ISP uses. If there’s a discrepancy, your ISP will trust their own number instead of yours.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Save Bandwidth on Video Streaming

Video streaming can use a huge amount of bandwidth, with higher quality settings using a much larger amount of bandwidth. If you want to stream videos while not losing your entire bandwidth allotment, you can generally turn down the quality settings.

Sites like Netflix and YouTube automatically select an appropriate quality level for the speed of your connection, and they generally prefer to use the highest quality level possible. However, you can usually turn down the quality while watching a video, or — better yet — permanently turn down the quality level on the video site’s settings screen.

For example, with Netflix you can visit the Your Account screen and click Playback settings to select a data usage level. Low uses up to 0.3 GB (or 300 MB) per hour of streaming, while High uses up to 3 GB per hour.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

YouTube has a similar setting. Visit the Playback section in YouTube’s settings and select the “I have a slow connection. Never play higher-quality video” option. YouTube will default to slower videos even if you have a faster connection, saving bandwidth.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

You’ll typically find options like this on all video-streaming sites. When you start watching a video, you’ll usually find quality options in the player too. Keep an eye on video playback if you want to reduce your bandwidth usage — you can save a huge amount of bandwidth by watching lower-quality videos.

Restrict Browser Bandwidth Usage

Websites are becoming ever larger, heavier, and more bandwidth-intensive. But web browsers have quite a few options to help you fight back.

Enabling click-to-play plugins will save quite a bit of bandwidth. Whenever you visit a site with Flash content, your browser will automatically download the content and load it. Most of the Flash content you’ll see will likely be ads. Advertisements are one thing, but wasting precious bandwidth on large, heavy ads is another.

You can enable click-to-play plugins in browsers like Chrome and Firefox. When you visit a site with Flash content, you’ll see a grayed out plugin box and you can click to download and load the content.

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There are also many other ways to restrict the bandwidth your browser uses, including preventing your browser from downloading any images! Tricks like this one are more useful when you’re tethering to a smartphone connection with extremely limited bandwidth, but they can help in a pinch. Bear in mind that, while images can be large, they’re not anywhere near as heavy as a streaming video or animated Flash advertisement.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Schedule Downloads

Some Internet service providers restrict the amount of bandwidth you can use during the day but allow you unlimited bandwidth usage overnight. The idea is that most people and businesses are using the connection during the day, but there’s excess capacity at night when people aren’t using the connection. Even ISPs that don’t limit bandwidth usage may slow down (or throttle) your connection during the day and speed it up at night.

If you have a plan like this one, you can make effective use of your unlimited overnight bandwidth by scheduling downloads to take place overnight. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to download Netflix videos for later viewing — only buffer them — so this will only help if you’re doing traditional file downloads.

Try using a download manager to schedule downloads. Instead of downloading a large file in your browser, add the link to your download manager and have the download manager wait for later. Schedule the download manager to only download these files overnight using its built-in scheduling options and you can save a good chunk of bandwidth.

If you’re using a BitTorrent client to download files, you’ll generally find a scheduling option in your BitTorrent client that works in basically the same way.

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Some programs — like the Steam gaming service — allow you to schedule downloads in their options window. For example, Steam can automatically update your installed games only between certain hours you choose. Open Steam’s settings window and select Downloads to find this option. Look for similar options in other programs.

Some programs — like iTunes — don’t have any built-in way to schedule downloads. You may want to just begin large downloads before you go to bed at night if you’re using these programs.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Bandwidth caps are bad in the real world. The idea of charging users based on how much bandwidth they use isn’t necessarily a terrible idea — after all, it’s only fair to pay a bit more if you’re using a bit more. But, in reality, ISPs often charge an unreasonable amount of money if you go over the cap — it’s just another profit center for them.

Find out which apps are hogging bandwidth

There are quite a few tools available to the general public that can help you monitor your monthly internet usage limit. Seeing as unlimited plans are not considered the standard in the United States, these tools can be seen as almost necessary to avoid overspending.

Most users are unaware of how much data they’re using on a per month basis. With tools like Netguard and Bitmeter II, you can easily create customized access profiles, set limits on your internet usage, and monitor daily data consumption for both active and idle programs and applications.

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

All of these features can aid you in determining monthly cost estimates and a plan of action.

Monitoring your internet data usage is not only about preventing a monthly overcharge or enacting speed limitations. You’ll also get a better understanding of which programs and apps are using the bulk of your bandwidth. This will allow you to reorganize your system and maximize overall performance.

The tools provided below will cover internet monitoring apps for use on both PC and Mac operating systems. Most of those mentioned will be both free and relatively simple to use so you shouldn’t face any real issues setting things up and placing limits on internet usage.

Glasswire

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

GlassWire is a popular free monitoring tool that allows you to keep tabs on your system and network activity. Worried about apps or processes accessing the internet without prior approval? Glasswire allows you to easily set up notifications to alert you of any funny business.

You can set various restrictions, create firewall profiles, and block individual apps all while tracking both active and idle apps currently in use.

Glasswire comes with a lot of privacy and security features. Through graphs, you’ll be able to see which apps are sending out data, which country the host is located in, and the servers that they are communicating with.

You’ll receive information for each IP address that your apps connect to including the host country and total data usage.

Bandwidth+

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Bandwidth+ is the go-to monitor tool for Mac users who tend to have very limited options from which to choose from. Unlike Windows users who have access to a wide range of tracking apps, Mac users usually rely on the built-in monitoring feature that doesn’t provide an overview of the data usage.

An incredibly easy to use monitoring tool, just install it and you can find it on your status bar. Launch the app and quickly glance over your internet activity including downloads, uploads, and total data usage, which includes all outgoing and incoming traffic.

As long as your iPhone and Mac are physically connected, Bandwidth+ can also help you monitor your iPhone data usage. Of course, both devices will need to be connected to the same internet connection in order for this to work.

Net Guard

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Net Guard may be the most popular free app available for monitoring internet usage on Windows OS as well as Android devices. It’s a great monthly internet traffic monitoring tool. By setting a traffic limit, Net Guard can help you avoid going over your monthly bandwidth threshold.

It offers you the option to monitor all activity in real-time from an on-screen floating window, and a reliable notification system that will always notify you of which apps and processes are currently in use.

The UI enables you to check both past and present bandwidth usage through graphs and charts making planning ahead less of a chore.

BitMeter II

How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

Looking for an internet usage monitor that provides real-time information and allows you to export all data into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet? BitMeter II can accommodate. This app has an interactive UI that delivers data usage information in a more vibrant way with the use of a colored scrolling graph.

Dive deep into various metrics in real-time making it easier to follow all internet activity at any given moment. Avoid internet speed throttling or additional fees courtesy of your ISP by enacting various restrictions to ensure that you never go over your limit.

Solarwinds Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor

Solar Winds’ answer to internet monitoring is their Real-Time Bandwidth Monitor. It comes with an incredibly easy to navigate UI and grants access to real-time information for free. Track both incoming and outgoing traffic in real-time via a line or easy-to-read graph chart. You can even do so on multiple interfaces simultaneously if necessary.

Willing to take the plunge and drop cash on such a powerful tool? Solarwinds offers a full list of additional features. Upon request, they will provide all recent history reports to pinpoint data spikes and adjust your internet usage to keep costs down.

You’ll be able to map out your entire network, receive a hop-by-hop analysis of the what and where your apps are being hosted, and set up network alert notifications to ensure that you stay on top of all data being used and when.

Final Thoughts

At this time, these are easily the best tools out there to help monitor your internet usage. Used appropriately, any of them will help you avoid overcharge fees or internet speed throttling, whichever the case may be with your current ISP.

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OpenNetMeter is a free open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to monitor network traffic and data usage. The current version of the program monitors overall traffic on the device and data usage of individual applications.

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OpenNetMeter does not need to be installed but it requires the Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 5. The program provides a link that points to the official download repository of the runtime if it is not detected on the system. OpenNetMeter needs to be run with elevated rights.

The well designed interface displays data usage of the current session and the total usage. There is also a graph that highlights upload and download data usage of the past 60 seconds.

One interesting feature of the open source data monitor is found under the detailed tab. There you find listed all processes that used data, upload or download.

Current and total data received and sent are listed in a table under the tab. An option to change the display for other network connections is provided as well.

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Each profile can be reset to start the monitoring anew.

OpenNetMeter is relatively new, and it shows when you look at the supported features. One of the main shortcomings right now is the lack of an “always-display” option to show certain values all the time on the desktop or the taskbar / system tray area.

The program could use some settings as well. The only available setting enables or disables the program’s start on boot. An option to change the the interval of the traffic graph could be useful.

Some enhancements are already listed under issues on the project’s GitHub page. Future program versions will support different Wi-Fi profiles, and there is a chance that a permanent listing on the taskbar will be added in a future release as well.

Recent versions of Windows display data usage information in the Task Manager. The resources tab lists data usage for a month.

Closing words

OpenNetMeter has a lot of competition; you can check out my overview of data usage monitors for Windows as a start. The application is still in its early days of development and new features appear to be in development already.

Windows users who want to keep an eye on their overall data usage or the usage of individual applications may give this a try to see how it performs on their devices.

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Please note this will only work for clients with a Telkom LTE connection.

We understand that you would like to see an up-to-date balance of your Telkom LTE data balance, this is an alternative way to view your balance through the router if the balance has not been updated in ClientZone.

  • Access the Huawei router via the default gateway.

Enter 192.168.8.1 into the search bar.

  • Log in to the router, click ‘Log In’.

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  • You may be requested to agree to Huawei’s Privacy Policy if it is your first time logging in to the device.
  • On the main home screen, select ‘Tools’ from the menu at the top.

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  • Select ‘USSD’ from the menu on the left.
  • Enter the USSD code *188#
  • Click ‘Send’.

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  • Wait while sending the USSD code.

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  • You will be notified that you have received a response via SMS.
  • From the menu on the left-hand side select ‘SMS’.

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  • Under ‘SMS Conversation’, click the response message to open it and view the available balance.

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  • The response message will indicate your NightTime data balance and Anytime data balance.

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  • Access the Huawei router via the default gateway.
    Enter 192.168.8.1 into the search bar.
  • Log into the router. Enter the username and password and click ‘Log In’.

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  • On the Home page, Select ‘USSD’ from the menu at the top.

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Do not include anything in the body of the message.

  • Under ‘Check Services’ leave the message box BLANK.
  • In the command box below enter the USSD code *188#
  • Click ‘Send’.

Control Your Network Traffic

“With NetBalancer you can choose specifically how much you want to limit traffic available to a process.”
– Lifehacker.com

NetBalancer is an internet traffic control and monitoring tool designed for Microsoft Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8 with native x64 support.

With NetBalancer you can:

  • Set for any process a download and/or upload network priority or limit
  • Manage priorities and limits for each network adapter separately
  • Define detailed network traffic rules
  • Group local network computers and balance their traffic synchronised
  • Set global traffic limits
  • Show network traffic in system tray

NetBalancer App and Free Sync Service

We are glad to announce NetBalancer App and the release of NetBalancer Sync Service on a new dedicated website netbalancer.com.

Visit netbalancer.com for the latest version or news about NetBalancer app and service.

Upgrade Info

All registered users with licenses not older than one year get free upgrades to the latest version.

Main Window

Contains the list of all currently runnning processes along with a chart of the system network traffic.

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Video Tutorial

A nice video tutorial made by our friend Eli the Computer Guy

Screens and Features

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Priorities and Limits

Set high network priority for your app.

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Tray Icon and Mini-Window

Shows the current network traffic.

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Advanced Rules

Rule your system traffic with Rules.

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You may also like EnhanceMy8

Tweaks and tools for maintaining Windows 8 in top condition.

Unregistered Version Limitations

The unregistered version is limited to monitoring only functionality.
For a full list of NetBalancer’s features click on the link below:

Find here the answers to NetBalancer’s Frequently Asked Questions

Clean Boot means starting up the system with only windows services loaded and the default programs needed for functioning of the system. With time; there can be a number of programs and services that can automatically integrate itself into starting up automatically, even though they are not really needed. Most users are not aware of this; and this eats up CPU, MEMORY and the DISK which results in un-necessary high utilization of resources that slows down the system, and increase the CPU temperature.

Clean Booting also comes handy when troubleshooting HIGH USAGE issues; i always recommend doing a clean boot once every two months. Your start-up programs will build up again with time. Think of it as “scaling of your system (teeths) every six months as recommended by the doctor”.

Clean Booting a Windows 10 Computer

Hold the Windows Key and press R;

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In the run dialog that opens up type msconfig and click OK

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This will load system configuration window. From here; choose the Services Tab, then put a check on Hide All Microsoft Services and select Disable All.

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Then Click Apply, and Click OK. It will prompt you to restart; choose Restart Later. Hold Windows Key and Press R again; then type msconfig and click OK. This time when the System Configuration dialog box opens; choose Start Up and select Open Task Manager. From this pane; look at the last field called Start-Up Impact; and disable all the ones with High Impact. You can disable it by right clicking on it and choosing Disable. This only disables them from automatically starting up when the compute reboot; so you can still start them up normally, and re-enable it later if you it to be started up automatically via same steps as above, instead of choosing disable; you choose Enable.

Once this is done; reboot your system and it will start up in the clean boot mode.

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Although many data plans these days are advertised as “unlimited,” most actually have a cut-off point when your data stream is going to slow radically. If you don’t want to pay the premium prices that “unlimited” plans demand, then it’s even more important that you avoid going beyond your maximum data allowance, or there will be high penalties to pay. Either way, it’s smart to monitor your data flow — not only to make sure you don’t pass your limits but also to find out if you need to rethink your current data plan.

It’s not hard to do this using tools baked into current versions of Android or a third-party app. Here are a few strategies that you can try. (Note: these directions are for a Pixel 6 running Android 12. The interface of your phone may vary somewhat, depending on the manufacturer, model, and OS version.)

Set a data limit

You can have your phone issue a warning if you’re nearing your data limit before the end of your monthly billing cycle. You can even set a limit beyond which your phone won’t use any data.

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Network & internet >Internet and tap on the gear icon next to your carrier’s name
  • You’ll see the amount of data you’ve used so far in your current payment cycle on top. Scroll down to and select Data warning & limit.
  • Tap on Mobile data usage cycle. This will let you set the day that your account starts its monthly cycle. Your current cycle is probably set to sync with your carrier’s, but if you want to change it, go ahead and then tape on Set.
  • Toggle Set data warning on. You can then enter the data limit — say, 4GB — that you want for your phone.
  • Tap on “Data warning & limit”
  • Set the data warning and / or limit.
  • You can tweak the start date for each data month.
  • Decide at what point you need the warning to sound.
  • You can also limit data usage.

On the same page, you can toggle Set data limit on. This will turn off your mobile data completely when it hits whatever limit you set.

Use Data Saver mode

Unless you have a much older version of Android (earlier than 8.0), your phone should come equipped with Data Saver mode, which kicks in when you’re not on Wi-Fi and ensures that apps and services that are not being actively used won’t be able to stream data in the background. It can slow things down a bit, but if you’re worried about passing your data limit for the month, it can come in handy.

It’s very easy to turn Data Saver mode on and off.

  • Go to Settings >Network & internet >Data Saver
  • Toggle Use Data Saver on

There may be specific apps that you want to allow to use background data, even when Data Saver mode is on. For example, you may want to get Twitter notifications no matter where you are.

  • On the Internet page, tap on Unrestricted data
  • Scroll down to any apps that you want to enable for background data use even when Data Saver mode is on. Toggle them on.

Limit data usage on specific apps

Data Saver mode is useful but can also be an irritation if it limits apps too much. Instead of turning it on and specifying which apps should not be limited, you can decide which apps are using the most data and just limit those.

Again, these directions work for a Pixel 6 running Android 12; your mileage may vary depending on your specific mobile device.

  • Go to Settings >Network & internet >Internet
  • Scroll down to and select Non-carrier data usage

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Non-carrier data usage gives you a list of data-hungry apps.

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Select specific apps to find out details and disable its use of background data.

You’ll get a list of all the apps that are have used data over the last month and how much they have used. (You can change the period of time to look at by tapping on the time range at the top of the page.)

To see if an app is using background data, tap on the specific app. You’ll get details on how much data the app has used; you can also turn the use of background data on or off and decide whether it should still have unrestricted data usage if Data Saver is on.

Update March 23rd, 2022, 2:20PM ET: This article was originally published on August 22nd, 2019, and has been edited to accommodate operating system updates.

The order in which your mobile data is used depends on which plan you have.

Shared data plan – The different types of data on your account are used in this order:

  • Bonus data – If you qualify for any type of Bonus data, it’s used first each month.
  • Monthly data allowance – The monthly data allowance that’s included in your plan is used next.
  • Carryover data – If you have data carried over from the previous month, it’s used after your entire monthly data allowance is gone.
  • Data Boost – If you purchase a Data Boost, it’s used after your Carryover data is gone.
  • Data Gifts – Any data gifts you redeem during the month are used after all other data types are gone.

Prepaid plans – With the exception of Data Boosts, all data on your account is combined into a single data pool each month (e.g., your monthly allowance, Carryover data, etc.). Data Boosts that you purchase are kept separate and are only used after all other data is gone.

All other plans – Different data types on your account are used in this order:

  • Bonus Data – If you qualify for any type of Bonus data, it’s used first each month.
  • Data Gifts – Any data gifts you redeem during the month are used before your monthly data allowance.
  • Monthly data allowance – The monthly data allowance that’s included in your plan is used last.

Note: The Shared Data Plan – 5GB and the Shared Data Plan – 10GB are no longer available to add to new accounts.

Managing your mobile data usage

How can I check my data usage?

You can view your mobile data usage in My Verizon, through our data widget, by text or in Smart Family.

My Verizon:

    Monthly mobile accounts – The My Usage page in My Verizon shows data use for all lines on your account. You can also set up data usage alerts on this page.

Visit Downloading Verizon text & Verizon data usage to learn more.

  • Prepaid accounts – Monitor your data usage in the Data usage section of your home screen.
  • The My Verizon Data Widget – Monitors how much data you’re using in your current bill cycle. View our videos for steps to install the widget for Android™ or iOS devices.

    Call #MIN and #DATA – Call from your Verizon mobile phone to hear your usage details. You can find these in your contact list.

    Verizon Smart Family™ and Verizon Smart Family Premium™ – Monitors the activity of each device on your account, sets usage limits for each device and helps your children understand how to use their devices responsibly and safely.

    Can I set up a data usage text or email message notifications in My Verizon?

    Yes, you can have a notification sent to your phone or email. To set a notification, go to Notification Settings and choose Manage.

    • My Verizon text message notifications don’t count against your text message limit, if you have one.
    • Account owners automatically receive text and email notifications. If you share an account with others, all account members will receive at least a text notification.
    • Usage notifications aren’t sent for Unlimited allowances or for internet devices (e.g., mobile hotspot devices).

    Prepaid accounts – You automatically receive a text before you reach your high-speed data limit.

    Why are my data notifications sometimes not what I expect?

    The notifications about your data allowance might reflect a partial allowance or be prorated based on certain transactions. Some of these transactions include:

    • A plan change or a feature change that wasn’t backdated or future dated
    • Transferring service for another device to your account
    • Bill cycle date change
    • Mobile number change
    • Suspending or reactivating a line

    Your allowance will only be prorated in the same bill cycle as the transaction, and you’ll have a full data allowance in the next bill cycle.

    You can check your prorated allowance on the My Usage page in My Verizon.

    Is there any way to set a system wide memory limit a process can use in Windows XP? I have a couple of unstable apps which do work ok for most of the time but can hit a bug which results in eating whole memory in a matter of seconds (or at least I suppose that’s it). This results in a hard reset as Windows becomes totally unresponsive and I lose my work.

    I would like to be able to do something like the /etc/limits on Linux – setting M90, for instance (to set 90% max memory for a single user to allocate). So the system gets the remaining 10% no matter what.

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    Use Windows Job Objects. Jobs are like process groups and can limit memory usage and process priority.

    In my case I need to simulate memory no longer being available so I did the following in the tool:

    1. Added my application
    2. Unchecked Basic
    3. Checked Low Resource Simulation
      • Changed TimeOut to 120000 – my application will run normally for 2 minutes before anything goes into effect.
      • Changed HeapAlloc to 100 – 100% chance of heap allocation error
      • Set Stacks to true – the stack will not be able to grow any larger
    4. Save
    5. Start my application

    After 2 minutes my program could no longer allocate new memory and I was able to see how everything was handled.

    Depending on your applications, it might be easier to limit the memory the language interpreter uses. For example with Java you can set the amount of RAM the JVM will be allocated.

    Otherwise it is possible to set it once for each process with the windows API

    No way to do this that I know of, although I’m very curious to read if anyone has a good answer. I have been thinking about adding something like this to one of the apps my company builds, but have found no good way to do it.

    The one thing I can think of (although not directly on point) is that I believe you can limit the total memory usage for a COM+ application in Windows. It would require the app to be written to run in COM+, of course, but it’s the closest way I know of.

    The working set stuff is good (Job Objects also control working sets), but that’s not total memory usage, only real memory usage (paged in) at any one time. It may work for what you want, but afaik it doesn’t limit total allocated memory.

    Warning: illegal unless it’s you or your child

    There is no direct way to access someone’s search history – even if they are connected to your home router. That said, you can set up your router to log a user’s browser history. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can do just that.

    However, collecting data such as someone’s browsing history is a violation of their privacy. You should avoid accessing other people’s private browsing history and confine this method to legitimate uses such as monitoring your child’s internet usage, or your own.

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    The Advantages Of Router Tracking

    There is third-party software that uses parental control to track a family member’s browsing activity. However, any tech-savvy individual can discover workarounds with a simple Google search. Even worse, some of these tools have to be installed on the target computer.

    But by monitoring user activity through your router, you can be a bit more discreet about it. It is also harder to remove by the computer user.

    Your router stores all sites users visit – even ones that were accessed through Incognito Mode.

    How To Access Your Router Settings

    For this to work, you need to be able to enter your router settings page. You will need to know your IP address to proceed.

    • To find out your IP address, open Run and type CMD. Click OK.

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    • Type IPCONFIG /ALL. Let Command Prompt execute the command.

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    • Scroll down the results to Default Gateway.

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    • The string of numbers parallel with Default Gateway is your IP address. Copy that value and paste it in any web browser. If you are connected to your browser, this would open your router settings.

    Enter Your Login Credentials

    A lot of people, surprisingly, have no clue what their login credentials are. Chances are, your router was set up by someone else. But there’s no need to worry. We’ll show you how to access your router settings.

    All routers come with documentation, including the default values for both username and password. But if you no longer have that in your possession, you can try logging in using the most common default router credentials:

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    If that doesn’t work, you can always check online. With some luck, you’ll find the default credentials for your specific wireless router brand and model.

    However, it’s possible that your router had been configured before and that the login had been changed to something else. In that case, you can reset your router to bring it back to its default settings. Resetting your router means you’ll have to reconfigure the SSID and password.

    If you’re still using the default router username and password, you should take this opportunity to update it to something more secure. Once you have your login credentials, log into your router settings page.

    See User Activity

    Router settings vary depending on your router’s brand. However, most routers have a feature called Logs. This feature lists down all the IP addresses that are connected to your router. This is also where all browsing activity is stored.

    Before you check the logs, you should know the target device’s IP address.

    Go to Attached Devices. This feature may go by a different name on your device. But basically, you’re looking for a page that displays all the IP addresses of connected devices.

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    Once you figure out which one belongs to your target, list it down for the time being. You will be referring to it later on.

    Now, click Logs to display all the sites that were visited while connected to your router.

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    You’ll be presented a list of domains or destination IPs along with the IP address of the user. Use your target’s IP address to track their internet activity.

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    The Log is disabled by default. To track user activity, you must first enable the feature.

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    Microsoft is finally acknowledging that some of us sit in front of than one monitor and plans to put new tools into Windows 8 to help us get more out of our extra screen real estate.

    In a lengthy Building Windows 8 blog post, Mark Yalovsky, lead program manager on Microsoft’s User Experience team, explains the changes.

    There’s quite a lot of information to digest, but here are some of the highlights.

    First, there are more people using multiple monitors than you might expect. Data collected by Microsoft’s Windows Feedback Program shows that some 14 percent of desktop PCs and 5 percent of notebooks run with multiple monitors.

    Since this is an opt-in data set, Yalovsky cautions us that it is “enthusiast-leaning so represents the high end of usage”. Nonetheless, this is quite a high figure and shows that multi-monitor setups are no longer niche.

    Yalovsky spends a lot of time discussing how Windows 8 will allow multi-monitor systems will allow better background personalizations, including how the updated slide show application selects the best images for multi-monitor setups that that consists of different sized and/or oriented monitors.

    If you’re into displaying your photographic prowess on the desktop, then the new personalizations will be of interest to you. For me though, the important changes are in the way Windows 8 handles the taskbar across multiple screens. On Windows 8 there will be an option to display the taskbar on all of the displays. Not only that, but there will be three options as to how buttons on the taskbar are handled.

    The three options are as follows:

    Show taskbar buttons on all taskbars (default):

    Show taskbar buttons on the taskbar where the window is open:

    Show taskbar buttons on main taskbar and taskbar where window is open:

    These settings allow you to personalize how the taskbar works to fit in with your workflow and needs. To have this sort of control over the taskbar under previous versions of Windows you would need to install third-party software.

    Windows 8 makes extensive use of user interface elements such as the Start Menu, the Charms bar or a list of recently used apps that are triggered by moving the mouse to the corner of the screen. On a system with a single monitor it’s no problem to take the mouse to an edge or a corner, but on a multi-monitor system this isn’t easy because of the tendency to overshoot.

    To help combat this, Microsoft has added what it calls “real corners” to the shared corners between screens that traps your cursor, helping you to find the edge or corner easier.

    The protruding real corners are only six pixels in height, which that means you shouldn’t run into them during normal mouse operations. However, to further limit any annoyance that such corners might cause, Microsoft has coded them to be intelligent in how they trap the mouse. For example, in the diagram below, the right corner on the top monitor will only trap the cursor if it is already on that screen and won’t trap the cursor when moving it up from the second screen.

    As someone who can’t remember my main desktop PC not having multiple monitors attached to it, these changes come as welcome news. Having proper out-of-the-box multi-monitor support without the need to install third-party software will be a real benefit to me.

    Applies to: Windows Server 2022, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

    This article describes how to enable and disable Server Message Block (SMB) version 1 (SMBv1), SMB version 2 (SMBv2), and SMB version 3 (SMBv3) on the SMB client and server components.

    While disabling or removing SMBv1 might cause some compatibility issues with old computers or software, SMBv1 has significant security vulnerabilities and we strongly encourage you not to use it.

    Disabling SMBv2 or SMBv3 for troubleshooting

    We recommend keeping SMBv2 and SMBv3 enabled, but you might find it useful to disable one temporarily for troubleshooting. For more information, see How to detect status, enable, and disable SMB protocols on the SMB Server.

    In Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2012, disabling SMBv3 deactivatesВ the following functionality:

    • Transparent Failover – clients reconnect without interruption to cluster nodes during maintenance or failover
    • Scale Out – concurrent access to shared data on all file cluster nodesВ
    • Multichannel – aggregation of network bandwidth and fault tolerance if multiple paths are available between client and server
    • SMB Direct – adds RDMA networking support for high performance, with low latency and low CPU use
    • Encryption – Provides end-to-end encryption and protects from eavesdropping on untrustworthy networks
    • Directory Leasing – Improves application response times in branch offices through caching
    • Performance Optimizations – optimizations for small random read/write I/O

    In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, disabling SMBv2В deactivates the following functionality:

    • Request compounding – allows for sending multiple SMBv2 requests as a single network request
    • Larger reads and writes – better use of faster networks
    • Caching of folder and file properties – clients keep local copies of folders and files
    • Durable handles – allow for connection to transparently reconnect to the server if there’s a temporary disconnection
    • Improved message signing – HMAC SHA-256 replaces MD5 as hashing algorithm
    • Improved scalability for file sharing – number of users, shares, and open files per server greatly increased
    • Support for symbolic links
    • Client oplock leasing model – limits the data transferred between the client and server, improving performance on high-latency networks and increasing SMB server scalability
    • Large MTU support – for full use of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
    • Improved energy efficiency – clients that have open files to a server can sleep

    The SMBv2 protocol was introduced in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, while the SMBv3 protocol was introduced in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. For more information about SMBv2 and SMBv3 capabilities, see the following articles:

    How to remove SMBv1

    Here’s how to remove SMBv1 in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, and Windows 2012 R2.

    PowerShell methods

    Here are the steps to detect, disable and enable SMBv1 client and server by using PowerShell commands.

    The computer will restart after you run the PowerShell commands to disable or enable SMBv1.

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    NetLimiter is an ultimate internet traffic control and monitoring tool designed for Windows. Finally, you will become master over your internet connection.

    NetLimiter gives you full network control over your computer. You will decide where your applications are allowed to connect and how fast these connections should be.

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    No one likes to wake up on a fine Sunday morning to realize that a system update has exhausted the fair usage limit of their data plan. Fortunately, Windows 11 comes with built-in features to monitor your internet data usage so that you can keep track of the apps using up your internet data. In this article, you will learn how to track internet usage on your Windows 11 PC.

    Track Internet Usage on Windows 11 (2022)

    View Internet Data Usage on Windows 11

    1. Open the Settings app using the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Win+I” and switch to the “Network & internet” section from the left sidebar. At the bottom of this page, click on “Advanced network settings” in the right pane.

    2. Now, look for the “Data usage” option under the “More settings” section and click on it.

    3. You will now see the data you have used for the last 30 days at the top-left corner. Here, you have the option to switch between wired and wireless network modes from the right corner, in case you often use wired connections to access the internet. You will also see the per-app network usage statistics on this page.

    Reset Internet Data Usage on Windows 11

    You can choose to reset data usage on Windows 11 for a fresh start. Here’s how to do it:

    1. Open the Settings app, navigate to the “Network & internet” section from the left sidebar, and click on “Advanced network settings”.

    2. From the Advanced network settings page, choose “Data usage” under “More settings”.

    3. Scroll down until you find the “Reset usage stats” option and click the “Reset” button.

    Setup Data Limit on Windows 11

    If you are not on an internet connection with unlimited data, it would be a great idea to set up a data limit to ensure you don’t exceed that. Your Windows 11 PC will ensure that you get a warning message when you are close to exhausting your data limit for the month.

    1. To get started, open the Settings app, head to the “Network & internet” section from the left sidebar, and click on “Advanced network settings”.

    2. Click on “Data usage” from the “More settings” section.

    3. At the top-right corner, click the “Enter limit” button just below the network type drop-down.

    4. From the pop-up that appears now, enter your preferred data limit in the box and click “Save”. You can also choose between monthly, one-time, or unlimited data limit types.

    5. After setting the data limit, you will see the percentage of data you have used up for the month on the “Data usage” page.

    6. Now that you have set up a data limit, you could consider enabling the “Metered connection” toggle. This way, you can reduce and limit data usage on your Windows 11 PC.

    Monitor Data Usage on Your Windows 11 PC

    The option to check internet data usage helps you get a better idea of the apps consuming your network data. If you have been wondering how your internet data gets used up quickly, we hope this guide helped you find the root cause. For other network-related issues, take a look at our articles on fixing the ‘Network Discovery is Turned Off’ error in Windows 11 and enabling ‘Wake on LAN’ on Windows 11.

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        Resource Monitor displays real-time feeds of data about the critical systems of your PC. It’s a free utility that comes bundled with Windows 7 and Vista, and it’s very useful for monitoring your computer’s health and troubleshooting performance problems. To open Resource Monitor:

        1. Press Ctrl-Shift-Esc) to open Task Manager.

        2. Click the Performance tab.

        3. Click the Resource Monitor button in the bottom right of the screen.

        Resource Monitor looks slightly different in Windows 7 from how it looks in Windows Vista, but its basic functions are unchanged.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        Overview

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        The Overview section provides a self-updating line graph for each of the four subsections: CPU, Disk, Network, and Memory. In Windows 7, you can also check the box next to a CPU process and see details related to that process alone. If you see a constant high level of unexpected activity in any these graphs, you a malfunctioning program or malware may be resopnsible. To troubleshoot, explore the other sections in Resource Monitor.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        In Windows 7, the CPU section contains four subsections: Processes, Services, Associated Handles, and Associated Modules.

        1. You can sort processes by clicking any of the column headings under Processes. Processes listed in red are nonresponsive; you can terminate them by right-clicking and choosing End Process from the context menu.

        2. Try sorting the processes by Average CPU. Check the box next to any CPU-hogging entries to bring up detailed information in the other subsections.

        3. Use the information you see to figure out where power-hungry processes are hiding.

        Windows Vista allows you to view and sort processes as well, but it does not include the detailed subsections that Windows 7 provides.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1 The Disk section reveals where activity is occurring on your hard disk drive. If your hard disk activity light remains lit up constantly, this section will help you figure out the cause(s). In Windows 7, Resource Monitor will also show which processes are associated with disk activity and allow you to terminate them.

        Network

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1 The Network section displays details about network activity. If you’re using Windows 7, pay special attention to the first subsection, ‘Processes with Network Activity’. To diagnose slow network performance, sort and highlight entries on this list to find out what is hogging your bandwidth. In Vista, the available details are more limited, but you can still sort and terminate processes.

        Memory

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1 The Memory section shows you the processes that are using physical memory (RAM). Sort by Commit to see which programs are most memory-intensive. The higher the percentage of used physical memory is, the more likely you’ll be to see high numbers of Hard Faults/sec. A hard fault occurs when Windows has to access the swap file–reserved hard disk space used when RAM runs out. Despite their name, hard faults are not errors. But if your system is experiencing hundreds of hard faults per second, either you need a RAM upgrade or a process is hogging resources.

        Follow these steps and you’ll soon be using the Resource Monitor with aplomb. Be sure to check back every few months and repeat the process to ensure that your PC is running error-free at optimum efficiency.

        Back when Windows 10 Creators Update was released there was a spate of issues where the Windows Service Host would utilize a lot of CPU and/or RAM. This was a temporary issue as Microsoft then released a hotfix to fix the problem. With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now arriving, it seemed a good time to cover this just in case it happens again.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        What is Windows Service Host?

        Windows Service Host is an umbrella service that Windows uses to cover any core service that accesses Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs). When you see Service Host in Task Manager, you also see a down arrow to the left. If you select that, you will see what services are included under that umbrella.

        The idea was to create these umbrella services to organize resources into logical groups. For example, a single Service Host would include all Windows Update and background file transfers. Another could host Windows Firewall, Defender and so on. The theory was to allow Windows to group these resources so any program could use them in such a way that if one failed or was stopped, the rest of the system would remain stable.

        If you check your own computer, you will likely see multiple Windows Service Host instances. Select the arrow next to it and see what each is hosting.

        In pre Creators Update Windows systems, you will see a few Service Host services with multiple processes within them. After the Creators Update, you now see many more Service Hosts with individual services within them. The idea was to make the troubleshooting process easier by ungrouping them.

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        Windows Service Host uses high CPU or RAM

        So now you know that the Windows Service Host is exactly that, a host service that looks after other services. When you see a Windows Service Host using up a lot of CPU or RAM, you now also know that it isn’t the Host itself but one of its sub-services.

        This is usually caused by a stuck process or some kind of configuration error or file corruption. The good news is that there are several ways to address this. The bad news is that Task Manager doesn’t always report exactly what sub-service is causing trouble.

        Whenever you come across any Windows error, the first order of business is a full reboot. Save any work you don’t want to lose and reboot your computer. If the problem goes away, great. If it doesn’t, work your way through these steps until the issue is resolved.

        One common cause of high CPU or RAM utilization is Windows Update. Your first check should be to see if there is an update running.

        1. Right click the Windows Start button and select Settings.
        2. Select Update & Security and check to see if Windows is currently running an update.

        If Windows update is running, you should see a progress bar. If it isn’t, you should see a message telling you your device is up to date.

        The second check is to right any Windows wrongs with the System File Checker.

        1. Right click the Windows Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin).
        2. Type or paste ‘sfc /scannow’ and hit Enter.
        3. Allow the process to complete.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        If the System File Checker detects any errors, it will fix them automatically. If you are still seeing high utilization after running this process, there is something else we can try.

        1. Type ‘powershell’ into the Command Prompt you just used.
        2. Type or paste ‘Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth’ and hit Enter.
        3. Allow the process to complete.

        DISM is a Windows file integrity checker that compares ‘live’ Windows files to Windows cache which has copies of the originals. If it detects anything out of place that hasn’t been modified by a user or authorized program it replaces the file with the original.

        Stop the service

        If none of those fixes work, let us verify the service causing the issue. We need to identify the service under the Service Host utilizing the CPU or RAM. Then we need to stop that service, monitor and then go from there.

        1. Open Task Manager and select the Service Host utilizing all your CPU or RAM.
        2. Check the process underneath. For example, it might be Windows Audio.
        3. Right click that service and select Open Services.
        4. Right click the service and select Stop.
        5. Monitor your computer to see if utilization reduces.

        You would obviously switch Windows Audio for whatever service is utilizing your CPU. All will have a corresponding service entry so the process will work regardless of what it actually is.

        If the utilization reduces, you know what is causing it. In the example above, Windows Audio, we would uninstall and install a new audio driver. What you do next depends entirely on what you find. Given the sheer number of possibilities, it is impossible for me to tell you exactly what to do from there but typing ‘troubleshooting PROCESSNAME’ into a search engine is a good place to start. Just change PROCESSNAME for the process you found in Step 2 above.

        If your Service Host Local System is causing high CPU or memory usage, the above steps should fix it in the majority of cases. If not, you at least now know how to identify the culprit.

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        How to configure metered connections in Windows 8

        Lawrence Abrams
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        As Windows 8 is designed to be used on mobile devices as well as desktop computers, it includes a feature called metered connections. A metered connection is a network connection where you have a limited amount of data usage per month and if you go over that amount you get billed extra charges. If you are using a network connection that has a limited data plan, then it is important to enable it as a metered connection so Windows 8 knows not to download device updates or Windows updates over it. Once a connection is configured as a metered connection system downloads will only be allowed when you are on your normal wireless connection.

        To enable a network connection as a metered connection, open the Settings charm bar by pressing the Windows key and at the same time press the I key ( + ) on your keyboard. This will open the Settings Charm Bar as shown below.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        Click on the wireless network connections button as indicated by the red arrow in the image above. This will open a list of available wireless network connections.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        Right-click on the connection that you wish to make a metered connection and a menu will appear.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        Click on the Set as metered connection menu option. This connection will now be classified as a metered connection in Windows 8. In the future if you wish to make a metered connection a normal unmetered one , right-click on it and to bring up its menu.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        When the menu appears, click on the Set as non-metered connection menu option to make it a normal connection again.

        Windows 8 has a default setting that does not allowed device downloads and Windows updates to occur over metered connections. This setting is controlled via the Devices category of the PC Settings screen. When you go into the Devices settings and scroll down you will see an option for allowing downloads to occur over a metered connection.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        By default, this is set to Off, which does not allow downloads to occur. If you wish to allow downloads over a metered connection, you should set this setting to On. It is advised that you keep this setting on Off to help avoid overage charges on your data plans. An example of how Windows Update works when this setting is off and you are on a metered connection can be see in the image below.

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        As you can see from the above screen, now that metered connections are enabled Windows will not install updates until you are connected to a connection that is unmetered. This will help to protect you from going over any bandwidth limits that you connection may have.

        If you have any questions about these settings, please ask in the Windows 8 Forum.

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        Controlling the daily usage of your phone is important. That’s what the self-help books and motivational speakers say, at least. And they’re right, of course, if we ignore the fact that they want to make money off you by saying that. But is full control really possible? Especially in today’s world, where your whole life basically runs through your smartphone.

        That’s a complex debate for people way more competent than I am. So I’m not going to initiate it, and risk saying something I might regret. Instead, I’ll go fully technical (like I always do here at Mobile Internist), and show you how to check the screen time on your smartphone running Android (starting with Android 9 Pie). Because that’s why you’re here in the first place, right?

        As you probably already know, there are two ways of doing anything on an Android phone. You can use built-in tools, or you can seek help from third-party apps. And controlling the screen time is not an exception.

        Use Digital Wellbeing

        If you’re using a Pixel device or a device that’s running Android One, you can check the usage time with Digital Wellbeing. As its name says, this feature is designed to help you use your phone more responsibly and prevent distractions. Later, more OEMs incorporated Digital Wellbeing as the default app, and you can also find it on the Play Store, here.

        Digital Wellbeing is simple in design. It shows app usage by time, as well as the number of unlocks and notifications. There are also additional features, like scheduling the Do Not Disturb mode and the Wind Down feature, which applies Greyscale to your screen to ease looking at the screen at night. Also, there’s the Bedtime mode. We covered everything you need to know in this article.

        To access Digital Wellbeing, simply go to Settings > Digital Wellbeing. You can also show its icon in the app drawer.

        But if you just want to know screen usage for power-consumption purposes, check the options below.

        Check screen time through Power Usage

        If you don’t want to install any third-party apps that will allow you to tell your screen time, your phone’s power status got you covered. Of course, it shows battery usage and time on battery, which can be translated into screen time.

        Here’s how to check screen time through Power Usage:

        1. Go to Settings >Battery.
        2. Tap the 3-dot menu, and go to Battery usage.
        3. Tap the 3 dot menu again, and choose Show full device usage.

        As you can see, the power graph and status show exactly how much time your screen has been active.

        The instructions above are for stock Android or Android One. The steps may vary on non-stock ROMs. But the principle stays the same, as all you have to do is look for battery usage.

        The obvious drawback of this method is that it only shows screen time since the last charge. So, you cannot sort the stats by days, hours, or weeks. Additionally, the information may be too scarce if you need an in-depth analysis of your screen-on-time usage. If you want to keep track of your daily screen time, you’ll have to install a third-party app. Apps like AccuBattery should serve the purpose (found on the Play Store, here).

        If you are not a fan of Google’s Digital Wellbeing, there are plenty of alternatives. Usage Time is just one of them.

        Install Usage Time

        If the ‘stock way’ doesn’t provide enough info for you, you can always go with a third-party app. There are a couple of options in the Play Store, but I recommend Usage Time (not sponsored by), because of its simplicity.

        The app just gives you what you want to know, without any unnecessary features and distractions. It just shows time spent with the screen on for the current day, divided between used apps.

        There’s also a graph of the usage time, so you can easily keep the record of the phone use for the past week.

        • Download Usage Time from the Play Store

        And that’s about it, as you can see, even though Android doesn’t offer the Screen Time feature by default like iOS does, there are still easy ways to check your usage status. If you want to discuss this article further, but also find even more similar content, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

        Editor’s note: This article was originally published in March 2019. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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        Keeping kids safe online

        Children are exposed to a lot on the internet: between browsing at home, in school and on the go, there’s a lot they can encounter. That’s why it’s so important to use a parental control software that helps keep them safe, even when you can’t be there. McAfee Safe Family covers the basics and beyond by blocking certain websites and apps, managing screen time and even keeping track of your kids’ location.

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        McAfee provides strong parental controls to keep kids safe online, including website and search filtering. We’ll automatically block age-inappropriate sites, and also help you keep track of your kids’ locations and manage their screen time.

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        What is included in McAfee Safe Family?

        With McAfee Safe Family, you can:

        Stay on top of each child’s device usage by monitoring their daily activity

        Restrict device usage to certain hours of the day

        Block and restrict access to inappropriate or distracting apps

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        Create flexible rules to motivate your kids by granting them extra screen time or giving them access to their favorite apps and websites

        Receive real-time notifications when your kids break a device rule

        Place your kids in digital time-out to help them focus on spending time with family

        Monitor your children’s location and receive notifications when they arrive at or leave a known place like school or home

        How do I set up parental controls with McAfee Safe Family?

        After you purchase McAfee Safe Family, you can access and set up parental controls via the Safe Family app on your desktop or mobile device.

        What are the system requirements for McAfee Safe Family?

        McAfee Safe Family is compatible with most Windows laptops & desktops, tablets and mobile devices. You can find operating system compatibility on our System Requirements page.

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        Log into your risk-free account and select any device (Android, iPhone, PC, Mac or Chromebook) to monitor discretely from your secure online account. All products install easily in 5 minutes or less, are discrete and thus tamper-proof, and all recorded data is sent to a secure web-based account which allows you to monitor remotely from any device at your convenience. View all recorded data or leverage our alert log, which highlights only items identified as risky behavior. Either way, Webwatcher helps you become a responsible digital parent by protecting your kids against all online and offline dangers:

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        Piracy is a big issue in the software industry. The people who suffer are the legal users and the manufacturers. Bonafide clients of Windows may get error messages while receiving updates or when connecting to Microsoft’s website. A person may be a genuine customer with a software license and unique key, but some unauthenticated person may also be using the same key. If this is the case, there is no short route to tackle the problem.

        The genuine customer using a licensed Windows software should take preventive measures to avoid such a situation. One needs to go to the Validation page and complete the validation requirements.

        Common issues

        If you get this type of message when connecting to Microsoft’s Website or making updates for Windows :”you may be a victim of software counterfeiting “. Though you have legally bought a license for Windows, it may be due to the fact that someone else is using the same key (acquired it through some illegal method). Note that it would be a very time consuming process to handle this type of problem.

        How to verify that your Windows is genuine

        • Upon getting a new PC with Windows validate your license key to limit the risk of getting this type of message.
        • Right click on Computer and select properties

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        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1

        In the Validate Now section, select the Validate Windows option.

        • On the next page select the Validate option: this will download the legitcheck.hta utility.
          • Simply run it to start the Validation process.
          • If the first option doesn’t work, then use the second one : Microsoft Genuine Advantage Diagnostics.

        The validation tool works only with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Netscape browsers.

        From there follow the instructions to complete the validation.

        Written by Administrator. Posted in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

        This article explains how the Windows operating system makes use of the popular Host file, where it is located for various operating systems, how it can be used to manipulate DNS lookups and redirect DNS lookups to different IP addresses and hosts.

        What is the Domain Name System?

        The Internet uses a standard domain name resolution service called the DNS or the Domain Name System. All devices on the Internet have a unique IP address, much like the postal addresses people use. On the Internet, any device wanting to connect to another can do so only by using the IP address of the remote device. To know the remote IP address, the device has first to resolve the remote domain name to its mapped IP address by using DNS.

        The device queries the DNS server, usually configured by the local router, by requesting the server for the IP address of that specific remote domain name. In turn, the DNS server may have to query other similar servers on the Internet until it is able to locate the correct information for that domain name. The DNS server then returns the remote IP address to the device. Finally, the device opens a connection directly to the remote IP address to perform the necessary operations.

        An Alternative Method – the ‘Hosts’ File

        Querying the DNS server to connect to a remote device can be a time-consuming process. An alternative faster method is to look up the hosts file first. This is like the local address book in your mobile, which you can consult for quickly calling up commonly used telephone numbers. All operating systems use a hosts file to communicate via TCP/IP, which is the standard of communication on the Internet. In the hosts file, you can create a mapping between domain names and their corresponding IP addresses.

        You can view the contents of the hosts file in a text editor. Typically, it contains IP addresses and corresponding domain names separated by at least one space, and each entry on its own line. By suitably manipulating the contents of the hosts file, it is very easy to interchange the IP address mappings of Google.com and Yahoo.com, such that when searching for Yahoo your browser will point to Google and vice versa!

        Most operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, are configured to give preference to the hosts file over the DNS server queries. In fact, if your operating system finds a mapping for a domain name in its hosts file, it will use that IP address directly and not even bother to query the DNS server. Whatever entries you add to your hosts file, they start working immediately and automatically. You will not need to either reboot or enter any additional command to make the operating system start using the entries in the hosts file.

        Understanding Domain Name Resolution on Windows

        Windows machines may not always have a hosts file, but they will have a sample hosts file named as lmhosts.sam. You will find the hosts file and lmhosts.sam file in the following location for all Windows opertating systems, including Server editions:

        How to restrict & monitor mobile data usage on windows 8.1Figure 1. Hosts & lmhosts.sam files in File Explorer

        In case the hosts file is missing, you can copy the lmhosts file to hosts and use it as you wish after editing it in Notepad.

        Getting The Most Out of Your Hosts File

        The Windows hosts file is a great help in testing new machines or deployment servers. You may want to set up and test online servers, but have them resolving only for your workstation. For example, your true web server may have a domain name www.firewall.cx, while you may have named your development server development.firewall.cx.

        To connect to the development server from a remote location, you could change www.firewall.cx in your public DNS server to point to development.firewall.cx, or add an additional entry in the public DNS server. The problem with this method is that although you would be able to log into your development server, so would everyone else as the DNS server is publicly accessible.

        So, instead of adding or changing resource records on your public DNS server, you can modify the hosts file on the computer that you will be using for connecting to the remote development server. Simply add an entry in the hosts file to map development.firewall.cx or even www.firewall.cx to the IP address of your development server. This will let your test bed computer connect to your development server without making the server publicialy discoverable via DNS.

        Another great usage of the hosts file is to block Spyware and/or Ad Networks. Add all the Spyware sites & Ad Networks domain names in the Windows hosts file and map them to the IP address 127.0.0.1, which will always point back to your machine. That means your browser will be unable to reach these sites or domains. This has a dual benefit.

        You can download ready-made hosts files that list large numbers of known ad servers, banner sites, sites giving tracking cookies, sites with web bugs and infected sites. You can find such hosts files on hpHosts Online and the Hosts File Project. Before using one of these files in your computer, it would be advisable to backup the original file first. Although using the downloadable hosts files is highly recommended, one must keep in mind that large hosts files may slow down your system.

        Usually, Windows uses a DNS Client for caching previous DNS requests in memory. Although this is supposed to speed up the process, having simultaneously to read the entire hosts file into the cache may cause the computer to slow down. You can easily fix this by turning off and disabling the unnecessary DNS Client from the Services control panel under the Administrative Tools.

        Conclusion

        The Windows hosts file can be found on all Window operating systems, including server editions. If used with care, the Windows hosts file can be a powerful tool. It can make your computer environment much safer by helping to block malicious websites and at the same time potentially increasing your browser speed.