Confused about data

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Just got excede today. My previous service is no longer servicing our are. I had unlimited. Now I am on 30GB. So confused about understanding what to and not what I can do. Grrrr
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Probably three of the biggest habits you will want to change are video streaming or having an account with Netflix or similar, playing online games or using a cloud type service for data backup.

There are other habits that can use large amounts of data too...just remember, every byte that goes in or out via your modem is counted..
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Thank you so so much
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You will have to stop mostly everything except e-mails and maybe some social media such as FB ect....
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In addition to that already mentioned, you'll want to eliminate any unwanted and unnecessary data usage in general. Specifically, you'll want to ensure that:

  • automatic application updates are disabled (defer them until you have data to spare or when in liberty pass mode);
  • install an ad blocker browser extension for each device you use to access the internet; configure your browser(s) to prevent automatic playing of videos appearing on web pages;
  • better still install a browser add-on extension that prevents both auto playing as well as pre-loading of media in general;
  • don't allow don't allow your DirecTV or Dish receiver (if applicable) to access your internet connection
  • don't utilize cloud backup services
You face a learning curve but it's manageable. Knowing how data is being consumed without your knowledge is the best defense. The best thing you can do in that regard is to install a third-party traffic monitoring application on each device which will tell you which applications and web sites are consuming your data. On the Liberty Plan the strategy is simply to conserve priority data. 

Those of us who've been down this road can make some specific recommendations regarding add blocker add-ons, flash and media control extensions, traffic monitoring applications, but would need to know which operating system(s), browser(s), and even which router (brand and model) you use to properly target your environment since each is different. 
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Thank you very much
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If you use the Firefox browser, there is an add on called UBlock Origin which lets you choose what size of media elements (photos, videos, music, etc...) that should be blocked from loading. I have it set to 256kb which block everything except most forum avatars. Even on the Business 50 plan, it's worth blocking media you do not need to see or hear and, you can turn off that blocking per site or temporarily until you leave that site, if you need to see or hear the media that it blocks.