The prohibitive cost of data across all kinds of network (whether WiFi, CDMA, 3G or LTE) has made data saver apps an essential app or software for our browsers. Sadly though, there are still many people who lament about how their devices suck up too much data creating a big hole in their wallets. There are excellent tips on how you can manage your data efficiently and of course for those with android smartphones a good firewall like the NoRoot Firewall or the amazing Droidwall can significantly reduce the size of that hole in your wallet.
Google’s Chrome browser is also doing its bit with the its native data saver. The Chrome data saver is not a new software though. It has being around for some time for Android devices. Its function is two fold, it loads pages faster and it cuts down data usage when smartphones users are browsing with the Chrome browser.
Google, being who they are, have decided to make the data saver more efficient and at the same time deploy the data saver feature to those who use Chrome on their personal computers. The data saver is installed in the pc browser through an extension making the whole process seamless. After installing the data saver extension, the data saver would monitor all your Internet activities by keeping track of how much data is used up by each website your visit.
This is useful so you can determine if an innocent looking website is worth the data being wasted on it. Also, as a data-compression application, it would significantly reduce data usage for each website visited and also provide information on how much data it saved for you.
In a blog post announcing the new development, Abdelkarim Mardini, the product manager said,
“If you’re using your computer at a library or coffee shop with spotty public WiFi, it’s helpful to be able to manage your data usage—which is why we created Chrome’s new Data Saver extension. It reduces the data your computer needs to access websites using the same compression technology as Chrome for Android’s Data Saver mode. Clicking on “Details” will tell how much data you’ve saved, and which websites are scooping up most data.”
For those still skeptical about using Chrome with all its features, Mr Mardini also had some very helpful pro-tips for new users especially:
- If you just got a new Windows computer over the holidays, your first step is to download Chrome and make it your default browser
- Keep your computer free of unwanted software with the Chrome Cleanup Tool. This program sweeps through your computer for software that’s been identified by Google and our industry partners as unhelpful or malicious. To date, 40 million people have successfully cleaned up their computers with this tool.
- Starting in this latest release, you’ll begin to see all extensions to the right of the URL bar, so you can easily remove anything you don’t recognize. Just right click the extension icon and select “Remove from Chrome.”
Now, I have a very good reason to start using Google browser as my default browser on pc. It might take a while to get used to it though since I am so into how flexible Mozilla’s Firefox browser is.