There are quite a few tools available to the general public that can help you control your monthly internet usage limit. Since unlimited plans are not considered a standard in the United States, these tools can be seen as almost essential to avoid cost overruns.
Most users don’t know how much data they use per month. With tools such as Netguard and Bitmeter II, you can easily create customized access profiles, set restrictions on Internet usage, and track daily data consumption by both active and inactive programs and applications.
All of these features can help you determine your monthly cost estimate and action plan.
Monitoring data usage on the Internet is about more than preventing monthly overcharge or imposing speed limits. You will also be able to better understand which programs and applications are using the most of your bandwidth. This will allow you to reorganize your system and improve overall performance.
The tools below cover internet monitoring applications for use on PC and Mac operating systems. Most of them will be free and relatively easy to use, so you shouldn’t run into any major problems setting up and restricting Internet usage.
GlassWire is a popular free monitoring tool that lets you keep track of your system and network activity. Worried about applications or processes accessing the Internet without prior permission? Glasswire makes it easy to customize notifications to alert you to any fun activity.
You can set various restrictions, create firewall profiles and block individual applications, while monitoring both active and inactive applications that are currently in use.
Glasswire has many privacy and security features. With the help of graphs, you can see which applications are sending data, in which country the host is located, and with which servers they exchange data.
You will receive information on each IP address that your applications connect to, including the country of location and the total amount of data.
Bandwidth + is a monitoring tool for Mac users who tend to have very limited choices. Unlike Windows users, who have access to a wide variety of tracking apps, Mac users generally rely on the built-in monitoring feature that doesn’t provide an overview of data usage.
An incredibly easy monitoring tool to use, just install it and you’ll find it in the status bar. Launch the app and quickly view your online activities, including downloads, uploads, and data sharing, which includes all outgoing and incoming traffic.
As long as your iPhone and Mac are physically connected, Bandwidth + can also help you monitor your iPhone data usage. Of course, for this to work, both devices must be connected to the same Internet.
Net Guard may be the most popular free application available for monitoring Internet usage on Windows OS as well as Android devices. It is a great tool for monthly internet traffic monitoring. By setting a bandwidth limit, Net Guard will help you avoid exceeding your monthly bandwidth threshold.
It offers you the ability to track all activity in real time from a floating window on your screen and a robust notification system that will always notify you which apps and processes are currently in use.
The user interface allows you to check both past and present bandwidth usage through graphs and charts, making pre-planning less tedious.
Looking for an internet usage monitor that provides real-time information and allows you to export all data to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet? BitMeter II can adapt. This application has an interactive interface that provides information on data usage in a more vivid way using a colored scrollable graph.
Explore various metrics in real time to make it easy to track all your online activity at any time. Avoid internet speed limits or additional charges from your ISP by introducing various limits to ensure you never exceed your limit.