How can I better manage my Internet data usage?

While emails and surfing online don’t tend to use much data – HD videos, games, automatic downloads/uploads and apps can eat up a lot of data. How much? Here are some general estimates:

  Data Use Estimates What you can do with 300GB/month
Emails with attachments 300KB each Send/Receive 1 million emails
HD photos 2MB each Plus upload 2,500 photos
Music 5MB each 4-minute song or 75 MB/hour music streaming Plus download 2,500 songs
YouTubeTM video streaming 5MB/minute or 300MB/hour Plus watch 100 hours of YouTubeTM
HD movie or sports game 5GB each Plus watch 50 movies

If you want to stay connected online as much and as often as you like, a Fido Unlimited internet package gives you that freedom. Or, just keep these tips in mind:


  • Check your data usage
    It’s so easy to check data usage through Fido’s My Account and internet usage notifications.

  • Turn off peer-to-peer programs when you’re not downloading
    When you download files using peer-to-peer services, you’re not only downloading files, you may also be uploading those files from your computer. Some applications may stay open when you think they’re closed. Be sure to completely exit file-sharing applications and turn off your computer when you’re not using it.
  • Regularly scan your computer for viruses and spyware
    Some viruses try to send mass e-mails by using your connection, which increases your usage and slows down your computer. Spyware and adware pose similar threats. Take the time to install and update security software to protect yourself.It’s so easy to check data usage through Fido’s My Account and internet usage notifications.
  • Secure your home Wi-Fi network
    Prevent others from accessing your connection by changing your password regularly. Use guest networks to give visiting friends or family temporary access.