The Chrome 'content' setting allows me to not allow images.

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I am a new Exede customer. I use the Chrome browser on my laptop. The Chrome 'content' setting allows me to not allow images. If I am surfing news sites where I do not care about pictures will this save me data?
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William Combs

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Nancy Moonlight-Rotkowitz

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Nothing will help because excede lied about your Usage.
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William,

Yes in theory that would save data not loading those images. As far as the comment above...yes there have been some data issues but it is in select beams not company wide and they are working to correct any data count issues with their system
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William,

No, not significantly in my experience.

The Accelenet client/server technology used by Exede to overcome the inherent latency of satellite internet bundles static content that appears on non-SSL (non-https) sites to reduce the chatty nature of most sites. The browser setting will simply not display them although they've already been downloaded to the client (i.e.the modem). This buffering by the server and client reduces the number of round trips (at about 600-700ms each) needed to display a page giving the illusion of speed on many pages.

Reference: https://www.viasat.com/AcceleNet

While that reference cites a true client on the PC, it is my understanding that equivalnet of that client is present in the VIaSat modem.

You'd do better to look into AdBlock and FlashBlock which do significantly use data due to adds and flash media embedded or in pages. Also beware HTML5 auto-play videos. Some discussion over here toward the end:

https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/data-usage-tips

P.S. Alternately you can try to see of the news site is offered in mobile format which provides a bare-boned view of the site - e.g. http://www.foxnews.mobi/

Works for many and occasionally I'll use that technique when in a data crunch - resize the browser to about the size of a smart phone just for grins.    
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William, welcome to Exede and welcome to the community! We're happy to have you.

As mentioned already, it will save data, but photos are generally fairly small. Disabling flash is definitely something I'd consider as well. The link that Old Labs posted is an excellent resource: https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/data-usage-tips

Let us know if you run into any problems or have any additional questions. Again, welcome!
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I use Firefox, and you can disable your flash player in the Firefox settings under add ons, I believe. 
( You should be able to do this in chrome also) This will make any page you load with video ask if you want to enable the flash player on the screen where the video would normally play. If you want to see videos on that page enable it. If not, don't enable it. This way your only using data on the video's you want to see. Video is where you use the most data, so by disabling the flash player you will notice the change in data usage. There are alot of web pages that play video for advertisements and so forth. Even like Facebook will do this using up your data, to try to sell you something. Oh and another good tip is to be sure you disable you guest network on your router, or your neighbors will use up your data for you. I will even turn off my router when I am not using it. No network! no data loss! Never give your network password to anyone! If you need to activate someones phone or tablet or whatever, do it yourself so your password stays protected. Well that's about all I have. It takes awhile to get used to, but it's not that bad after a while. But I still hate data restrictions! Good Luck. I almost forgot, that little gear cog at the bottom of most videos lets you turn down the resilution. The lower the resolution the less data it will use to play the video. I do this on Utube when I am listening to music because I really do not care about the video just the music. You can turn it down to 140p at the lowest setting. I can give you a break down on video usage 1080p runs up to 3 gigs and hour of data usage. 240p runs about 1/3 of a gig an hour. I can watch a Netflix movie each night on low resolution all month on my 20 gig allotment and have enough left to download a small game at the end of the month. Alright I am done now, good luck to you friend.
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Exede Beau

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Thanks for all of the great tips, Thomas!
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Yes, Thomas is correct.  Chrome also has extensions you can get to block flash content.  Probably they all work in a similar fashion but mine has a "f" showing where flash content is being blocked, if it is something you want to run then simply click on the "f", otherwise the flash content will be blocked.  This does seem to save a lot of data and stops the annoying ads  you don't want to see anyway.