Computers connected to the Internet are constantly sending and receiving information. Discovering how much data is being passed through a PC and how fast your connection is is possible with a bit of knowledge and some simple tools.
Many ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have set up online tools that tell you what your current speed is. Verizon provides a Web page with a single button that can determine the speed of your connection at that moment.
Data Usage Over Time
For a more sophisticated historical view of bandwidth and data usage, there are freeware tools available. These tools come with no guarantees. However, two examples--BitMeter 2 and Analog X--can show how much data was transferred over time.
Tracking Internet History
Sometimes it's not necessary to find out how much data is coming and going but what the subject matter of that data is. Freeware tools such as IE HistoryView make it easy to review the history of what sites and pages have been visited.
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