When you’re on a limited data internet connection, make sure every megabyte really counts. Some providers will charge you for going over, while others will slow your internet down to an unusable rate.
Many websites include embedded Flash content, often for videos or advertisements. This Flash content can be fairly large in size. To prevent Flash content from loading, you can turn on the click-to-play plugin feature in your browser. When you access a page containing content that needs plugins – usually Flash or something else – you will see a placeholder. Click the placeholder and the content will download and play.
The image size on most websites today are a lot better than websites in the past but they still do take up a lot of bandwidth. You should disable image usage from automatically loading. Understand that some sites you may visit are image heavy, so this will cause the site your browsing to look strange.
Limiting browser updates
While it is recommended to always keep your browser up to date, you don’t want the browser to start updating when you need the data most for something else. You should disable browser updates, but ensure that you perform the updates manually on a regular basis.
Limit general updates
To ensure that the computer does not download a new update when it’s not convenient to you, set Windows Update to prompt you to download updates and not download them automatically. (Open the Windows Update control panel and click Change Settings.)
Disable or Manual sync, Sky Drive, Google Drive, Drop Box, etc.
You should also look into your other data applications such as Sky Drive, Google Drive, Drop Box, etc. Disable automatic syncing, but you will need to run syncing when you need that system.
You can disable many other functions such as your antivirus, but some functions you want to keep active in spite of the data consumption needs. You can leave the functions you disabled until you have a faster or more data available. You should at least once every 30 days go to a public site such as the library to allow your system to get all the updates that you missed because everything was disabled.