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Bytes vs. bits and How Internet Speed Affects File Download Times  

Internet terminology can be a little confusing, so we’re here to help clear some things up about some common phrases and numbers used when measuring internet speed, file size, and how your subscribed speed impacts file download times.  

A bit (b) is short for binary digit, and bits are most commonly used to measure the rate of data transfer, like when transferring files from a USB flash drive to a computer. In addition, most internet providers measure their internet speeds in Megabits per second (Mbps). 
 
Bytes (B), on the other hand, are used to measure data capacity, like the size of a file or hard drive. 1 Byte equals 8 bits, and 1,000 Megabytes equals 8,000 Megabits. 

Now that we know the difference between bits and Bytes, this can help give us an idea of the amount of time needed to download files on several different internet speeds. Let’s take a look at a video game that is 50 Gigabytes (GB) in size expanding on the calculations for bits and Bytes discussed earlier. 
 
So, 50 GB equals 50,000 Megabytes (MB), and 50,000 MB equals 400,000 Megabits. To figure out how long it will take to download a file on a given internet speed, we need to take the total file size in Megabits and divide it by the internet speed, measured in Megabits per second. 

On a 50 Megabits per second (Mbps) internet speed, that would look like: 400,000 / 50 = 8,000 seconds. That means that a 50 GB file will take about 8,000 seconds to download on an internet speed of 50 Mbps. That’s about 2 hours and 15 minutes. 
 
Next, let’s take a look at the math for an internet speed of 1,000 Mbps, also known as 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps). 400,000 Megabits / 1,000 Megabits per second = 400 seconds. That means that the same 50 GB file will take about 400 seconds to download on a 1,000 Mbps internet speed, or just over 5 minutes. 
 
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Online Shopping Tips  

While looking for the best online deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, check out these tips for safe and efficient browsing: 

  • Watch for scams and fake offers. Scammers love to use popular sales like these to try and take advantage of people looking to find a good deal.  
  • Build a list early and even consider adding items to your online ‘cart’ in advance. Sale items often go fast, and some online outlets will automatically adjust the price for an item later on even if it’s already in your cart.  
  • Use internet browsers’ built-in coupon finding tools. Many internet browsers, like Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, can automatically find and apply any active coupon codes.  
  • Shop on legitimate websites. Check the URL in the search bar and verify it starts with HTTPS – the S stands for ‘secure’ and ensures that traffic to and from the site is encrypted and protected. 

Think Twice Before Taking That Social Media Quiz  

Your childhood pet’s name, your mother’s maiden name, your first car. Why would a random social media quiz about which Harry Potter character you’d most relate to need to know these things? Well, there’s a chance it’s a scam.  

These types of topics are all common account security questions used to help safeguard your account against bad actors. Scammers recognize this, and they create quizzes and other games that use these kinds of questions to try and get people to give up their personal information. Don’t fall for it! The more information you share, the more you risk it being misused. Scammers will then use any information they’ve collected to try and reset accounts, giving them access to online banking, email, or other accounts.  

One of the best things you can do to protect your personal information is to steer clear of online quizzes, or at least don’t give real answers about yourself. And for accounts that require you to set a couple of security questions and answers, you can make those answers up too. “In what city were you born?“ Jupiter. “What was your first car?” DeLorean time machine. You can treat these like secondary passwords, and using random answers can help protect your account security if scammers were to ever get ahold of the real answers somehow.  

Broadband Facts

The FCC has announced that broadband providers provide easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. The rules require broadband providers to display labels similar to the FDAs requirements for food manufactures to provide Nutrition Facts on their labels. The labels for broadband internet force providers to show all of the "hidden fees" that they like to keep in the fine print. DataVision prides itself on having no "suprise" charges or hidden fees so make sure to compare our "Broadband Facts" with the competition.

Click here for more information: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandlabels.

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  • Great for up to 9 heavy bandwidth users!
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  • Ideal for 4K multi-player gaming
  • Ideal for video chatting
  • Ideal for streaming 8K video & TV
  • Ideal for working from home on multiple devices
  • Ideal for online learning
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