Treat-Filled Tricks For Securing Your Internet and its Speed

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Nowadays, practically everyone has at least one handheld device from smartphones to laptops, tablets, and pads or portable gaming devices. In any of these cases, having quick, reliable, and dependable Internet access is key. 

There are many often-overlooked ways of making sure you're getting every second of speed from your online connection whether you're working or watching TV, posting on social media, or playing your favorite video game. Here are some tips and tricks for boosting your Internet speed for the very best performance:

Location, Location, Location

While this is a common idiom for restaurants and those in the real estate industry, it's also important for the proper placement of a router for superior service. Positioning this device in a central area that's easily accessible to all users is necessary.

This location should be in a space that's free from as many obstructions as possible including walls and avoid areas near rooms with excessive electronic appliances like the kitchen or bathrooms. See if moving the router to different locations will provide better performance.

Being and Becoming More Secure

Today when online security is a huge concern, if your Internet connection isn't secured with a very strong password, make sure that it is and update this passcode regularly. Make sure it has superhero strength and as most of us are already aware, this string needs to include:

  • Upper and lowercase letters
  • At least one "special" character like a * or #
  • One or more numbers preferably out of sequence
  • Be at least 15 characters in length
  • Using nonsensical jargon instead of common ID references that can be easily traced back to their source

In other words, instead of offering an easily recognized identity like JohnsWorkspace5724*, consider inputting something like JoWOsp57spot24* instead. It might be a hassle to remember these unusual codes, but it helps to keep scammers and hackers at bay. Here's an important example, your name followed by 1234 just isn't going to cut it anymore. As an added note, these types of weak passwords might mean neighbors are able to hijack, steal, or piggyback on your Internet which will lead to slower speeds and faulty connections.

Check for Malware and Viruses While Keeping Up-To-Date

Often Internet speed is affected by malware and viruses that have the potential of bringing Internet speeds down to a crawl. There are plenty of low-cost or free protection services and other inexpensive software programs that will automatically take care of this for you. Speaking of automation, be sure you're getting the latest and greatest updates to your operating system to keep you up-to-date with the latest in protection from online creepers and scammers.

Think you need some malware assistance? You are in luck! Buckeye Broadband customers can reach out to our Buckeye Brainiac team of technology experts for assistance with malware cleanup, data protection, hardware replacement, and so much more. 

Power Up With a Better Browser

For curiosity's sake, what browser are you using? Do you surf the web with Internet Explorer? If Internet speed seems to be consistently slow, try switching to one that's optimized for speed. Browsers like Firefox provide extensions that stop pop-ups and other ads that cause the Internet to perform slowly. Chrome uses minimal memory and doesn't require JavaScript or Flash which also slows down bandwidth. Also, be sure to regularly clear your cache and cookies as another quick and easy way to improve Internet speed.

More Tech Tricks With Buckeye

Sometimes implementing all of these tips, tricks, and techniques isn't enough when there are multiple users trying to access the Internet simultaneously. If you have questions or concerns about your online connectivity, speed, and performance, please contact us today. Upgrading to higher Internet access and a speedier package could be the answer to sluggish online performance.

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