We have all experienced a slow internet. We all know what it’s like to try to watch a video only to have it stutter just when things start to get interesting. We have all waited while intricate retail pages load, with all their product pictures and descriptions. So what’s the deal? Sometimes you just have a slow internet connection. Other times the pages themselves are slow. But did you know that your browser could be slowing you down as well?
In every internet transaction there are three parties: your browser, your internet service provider, and the web server on the other end. Any or all three could contribute to slow internet speeds. And by the way, that’s just as true for land-based internet as it is for 4G rural internet.
Whether it is wired broadband in the city or rural wireless internet, your browser contributes to the overall speed of your experience. Below are some things to consider. As you read, remember that you can always conduct an online speed test to rule out your ISP or servers on the other end.
1. Tabbed Browsing
Nearly all modern web browsers offer tabbed browsing. In other words, you can have multiple pages open in separate tabs. It is a very convenient feature when you are having to move around between sites. Unfortunately, each separate tab is its own isolated web experience. It utilizes resources apart from all the other tabs.
If you consistently have four or five tabs running simultaneously, your browser could be eating your computer’s RAM. When that happens, the computer has to use hard disk space. Unfortunately, data does not flow from the hard disk as quickly as it does from RAM.
2. Too Many Extensions
Browser extensions and plugins extend the functionality of a browser. That is a good thing, generally speaking. But more extensions require more work on the browser’s part. Furthermore, extensions that directly affect how a web page is displayed, like ad blockers for example, can slow things down considerably. Why? Because all the data has to be run through the plugins before being displayed
If your online experience is slow and your browser is running more than two or three extensions, try disabling those extensions you don’t absolutely need and see if that speeds things up.
3. Built-In Privacy Protection
Modern browsers often come with built-in privacy protection features. Like tabbed browsing and extensions, built-in privacy protection is generally considered a good thing. But it can be a problem if it isn’t implemented in the most efficient way. Some of the most secure browsers on the market are also the slowest. In an effort to protect you and your privacy, they subject data to a tremendous amount of scrutiny. That only slows them down.
4. Poor Browser Design
Last but not least is poor browser design. These days, most browsers are built on either a Chromium or Mozilla base. But there are a small number designed independently from both. We already know that Chromium and Mozilla offer a good experience. An independent browser built from the ground up may not. Its design and implementation may be such that it just cannot keep up with the modern internet.
As a rural internet provider, part of our mission is to provide customers with the fastest speeds possible. We do everything we can to fulfill that mission. If you consistently experience a slow internet with Blazing Hog, we can check things on our end. We encourage you to do your part by checking your browser. Even switching to a new browser might do the trick.