You might not know, but odds are you’re sharing your Internet connection. Unless you have your own private network, you’re probably sharing your connection with your neighbors, especially if you live in an apartment complex. Here are the top 5 activities that drain your Internet bandwidth.
1. Streaming video
Maybe they’ve just discovered the endless joy of online video and are pulling a Michael Scott.
Chances are, your neighbors are binge-watching a series on Netflix or a similar streaming service. To put it in perspective: a single hour of video streaming in standard definition uses about 1 GB of data, and HD video streaming can use up to 3 GB per hour.1
2. Video calling
Your neighbor and her boyfriend use Skype to keep in touch, and while you’re sympathetic to young love, you’d also like to use the network while you are young! Depending on the device used, Skype can use up to 2 GB per hour.2
3. File sharing
Peer-to-peer sharing software lets users on the same network download files from each other’s computer. These file sharing apps usually remain active on your computer if not properly exited, and even allow external users to download files from your computer, further eating up your bandwidth.
4. Downloading photos
On average, downloading a single photo uses about 2 MB. But what happens when your upstairs neighbor finds out her favorite boyband, One Direction, is releasing an entire album of exclusive, never-before-seen, behind-the-scene, shirtless photos? That single photo download at around 2 MB jumps to 987 photos at almost 2 whole GB!3
5. Unsecured wireless
The default setting of most wireless routers is not private, so unless the person installing the router utilizes a password, your Internet connection is open to anyone to poach. An unsecured wireless network is not only unsafe to use for sensitive things like online banking, but it also allows anyone in the area with a WiFi-enabled device to jump onto your signal. Basically, your bandwidth is being stolen right from under your nose!
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