So you have a 4G connection congratulations! You are all set to browse the internet at breakneck speeds Fantastico! But wait before even you can realize your quota of data is dwindling fast and soon its time to get another recharge in case you are a prepaid user. In case you are a post paid subscriber you depending upon your plan you may be paying use as you go or may have opted for a unlimited plan which assigns you a set amounts of usage bandwidth in terms of gigabytes and once you have used it it would slow down your connection speed till your next billing cycle starts or till you have either upgraded or purchased an additional pack. Well all this depends on your mobile connection and the type of plan you have subscribed to. However my point is irrespective of the type of connection, when you go on to the internet and are browsing content of your choice your device is downloading content that you had not even asked for. Most people would agree that Navigation on the internet is filled with distractions, teasers of videos ,games images are all there to tempt you and entice you so that you may clink on a link and be taken to another piece of content. If that was not enough you find that even when you are trying to read and focus on a task at hand you might find a peppy piece of music playing in and embed video on the pages that begins to play in a form of a movie trailer or an advert. Video the moment you open a page. Do not get me wrong I am not at all against peppy music but the only point I am trying to make is that irrelevant content or free advertising can eat into your bandwidth and make it swindle faster and also slow down your browsing experience.So what can one Do?
I did some research and broadly found two types of content that can be auto played in your browser one is the good old flash content and the other is the HTML5 based content. So in an attempt to maximize my bandwidth use and to keep my internet running fast I found a number of things that can prevent or in some cases reduce the multimedia content that gets downloaded in the background. These settings would work for you
If you are using the chrome browser then you can add this to your chrome browser from here
For firefox browser
I).Type “about:config ” (without the quotes) in the address bar and hit enter & Pass through the warning
II) Search for “media.autoplay.embed” and double clicking it changes the value to false
For disabling flash content in firefox
I)Click on the menu by clicking on the horizontal lines on the right hand corner
II)Click on add-ons this would take you to the plugin section
III) Under the category plugins > Browse to the section which reads shock wave Flash and set it to “Ask to activate” if not already selected
This should do the job for you.
However there may be reasons for you not to disable the flash content entirely.
One can also use FlashStopper and Stop YouTube HTML5 which replaces flash and HTML5 playable content with thumbnails and clicking on them one can play the content linked to the thumbnail.
There is Adblock Plus from https://adblockplus.org/ which can block adverts from appearing in your browser.
This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.