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Finding a reliable internet connection for home use requires proper research. When finding an internet connection, you need to consider speed, reliability, and affordability at the first instance. Whether you want an internet connection for normal day-to-day browsing or for gaming and streaming purposes, speed is always on top of the list.
However, with a number of choices available, you can’t easily classify good from the bad. Apart from speed, price plays an important role because most of the ISPs will increase the prices without letting you know.
In this article, you will come to know how to find the best residential internet connection. Let’s get started without wasting a moment.
Search for Internet Providers in Your Area
The first step in finding the best internet connection for your home is to check the availability in your area. There are two reasons for this:
- Not every Internet Service Provider is available in every area. Therefore, you need to check whether the service is available in your area or not.
- The second reason is prices since promotions and speeds differ from one location to another. What you see in the advertisement might not be available in your area. Moreover, the pricing plans are different in every area. You need to spend some time in order to catch on the right deal.
In rural areas, you can subscribe either to satellite internet or DSL, depending on availability. While in the urban areas, you can check for cable internet connections such as Spectrum cable internet, Cox cable internet, and Mediacom cable internet.
Compare Plans and Speed
After you have successfully found the ISPs offering internet service in your area, you need to do a side-by-side comparison of prices, speed, data caps, installation cost, and contracts. If your home is full of gamers and movie watchers, the option would be to opt for the higher speed plans.
For instance, most of the ISPs offer 100Mbps, 200Mbps, 500Mbps, and 1000Mbps plans. Depending on everyone’s usage and the number of devices connected simultaneously, you need to opt for the right speed.
If you want the internet just to check emails, watch YouTube videos or socialize on social networks, check for the ISPs offering lower speed tiers. It will help you save some costs at the end of each month. Why pay high for something that is not utilized according to the plan it is devised for.
Apart from monthly bills, you will be surprised to see other hidden costs as well. Some of the ISPs will charge $20 to $30 extra after you have successfully completed the first year. Moreover, you will also need to pay extra for installation, activation, and equipment. The plan that looked so lucrative will put a dent on your budget after some time.
Contract or No Contract
If you do not own a house and need to move to different locations at times, going into a contract is not an ideal option for you. You can’t afford to pay a high cost for early termination. Make sure to choose wisely and read all the terms and conditions for terminating the services before time. However, if you can stick to the plan for years, then signing a contract isn’t a bad deal.
Read Customer Reviews and Ratings
Choosing the best internet connection for home needs a lot of time and research. To select the best ISP, you need to check the customer reviews and ratings. Check their social media pages, Twitter handle and directories to find what are the most prevalent concerns among customers. How good is their customer support? Do they fulfill their commitments, and offer everything that is being advertised?
Customer support is also an important factor when choosing the best residential connection. If you experience any technical difficulties or outages, how good is the customer support? How long do you have to wait in a queue to get your query solved? What platform does the company use to offer support, whether it is on phone, email or live chat?
Choosing the best internet connection for home, you need to shed a lot of sweat. However, spending some time on research will help you to opt for the best services. Keep the aforementioned steps in mind before you start hunting for the best internet connection and your burden will be reduced significantly, to say the least!
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: crypto wallets, BadgerDAO, decentralised finance, Blockchain, 120 million, crypto tokens, Hackers)
A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Rajasthan, December 9, Vicky Kaushal, Katrina Kaif, film stars, celebrities, Bollywood, Katrina-Vicky)
The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Hyderabad, New Delhi, Pune, Bengaluru, The National Centre for Biological Sciences, Situation, NCBS, Omicron)