Network Speed Checker – Check yours in seconds!

Check your network speed in seconds!

 


 
 
 

 
Start the network speed test by clicking the start button under the dials. The network speed test will start measuring your download speed and then your upload speed. You will also see your Ping time in milliseconds – the smaller the better.

 
 
  

 


INSTRUCTIONS

 

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Before beginning a wired broadband test ensure:
 
1. Your computer is plugged into the broadband line to be tested. The tester will not be accurate using wi-fi on iPads/Tablets, smartphones or other mobile devices. 
 
2. Your computer is directly connected to your modem/router via an Ethernet Connection (i.e. not via a wireless or powerline adapters). 
 
3. Any wireless adapter in your computer is switched off. 
 
4. Close any programs that may be running on your computer. This includes any background programs such as anti-virus software, corporate VPNs, peer2peer clients etc. (Please ensure you re-enable any anti-virus software after you have finished testing). 
 
5. Ensure no other people or devices (e.g. broadband-connected TV set-top boxes) are using the broadband line to be tested. 

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Before beginning a wi-fi broadband test ensure:
 
1. Close any programs or apps that may be running on your device. This includes any background programs such as anti-virus software, weather apps, etc. 
 
2. Ensure no other people or devices (e.g. broadband-connected TV set-top boxes) are using the wi-fi connection during testing. 
 
3. Try to stay relatively close to your router, preferably within line of site, and avoid running equipment that can cause interference such as microwave ovens or unshielded flashing lights. 

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Before beginning a mobile network test ensure:
 
1. Close any apps that may be running on your device. This includes any background programs such as anti-virus software, weather apps, etc. 
 
2. Ensure you have a steady 4G or 3G connection before commencing the test. 
 
3. Make sure that the wi-fi on your device is turned off.
 
4. Run the Network Speed Test at different times of the day, as the speed can vary depending upon atmospheric conditions and number of users sharing base station.
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FAQ’s

 
What must be installed to use the Network speed checker?
Speed checker should work in any desktop or mobile web browser that supports Flash of version 8 and javascript.
 

Why the download or upload test does not work?

If you have a firewall or antivirus software installed that is not configured properly, then speed checker may not work correctly. Try to disable the firewall / antivirus when you are running the speed checker. After the test has been completed do not forget to turn it back on so you stay protected.
 

What might affect my speed test?

Any applications running on your PC, tablet or mobile phone can affect the speed. So you should disable temporarily thngis such as: email checking software, weather applications,  instant messenger or other chat software, internet radio, windows updates, any other downloading or uploading that is currently taking place.
 

How does the speed checker work?
Our speed checker downloads a file from the server and measures how long your connection takes to download it. The size of the file will be different according to your line speed.
 


How accurate is the speed checker?
We have tried to build the speed checker as accurate as possible but there are several factors that can affect the test. The speed checker measures the speed at the time of the test so if your network is running slow at that time then speed checker will report a slow speed. This does not necessarily mean that your internet connection is slow at the other times.
 


Why do my results differ from other speed tests?
If you’ve tried another speed test and got a different result there are a number of reason why. If you’re comparing test results it’s crucial that you carry out tests at the same time of day, with the same device and at the same distance from your router. The best way to ensure you’re running the same programs is by turning them all off except for the browser you’re using.
 
The time of day and the amount of traffic being handled by your broadband supplier when the test was being conducted can hugely affect the result. The device you’re using can also have an effect, as does any programs or apps you might have running at the time and your distance from your wireless router.
 

How long it takes the speed checker to complete?

About 20 seconds.
 


Abundance of personal data extracted from ‘factory reset’ phones

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Thousands of pictures including “naked selfies” have been extracted from factory-wiped phones by a Czech Republic-based security firm.

The firm, called Avast, used publicly available forensic security tools to extract the images from second-hand phones bought on eBay.

They purchased 20 used Android phones off eBay and used simple and easily available recovery software to restore deleted files. The amount of data they were able to retrieve was astonishing and proves that simply deleting is not enough.

The Avast analysts claim to have found the following: More than; 40,000 stored photos, 1,500 family photos of children, 750 photos of women in various stages of undress, 250 selfies of what appear to be the previous owner’s manhood, 1,000 Google searches, 750 emails and text messages, 250 contact names and email addresses, Four previous owners’ identities & One completed loan application

One phone even had one of Avast competitor’s security software installed, but unfortunately it did not help the former owner as it revealed the most personal information out of all the phones they analyzed.

Experts have warned that the only way to completely delete data is to “destroy your phone”. Most smartphones come with a “factory reset” option, which is designed to wipe and reset the device, returning it to its original system state.

However, Avast has discovered that some older smartphones only erase the indexing of the data and not the data itself, which means pictures, emails and text messages can be recovered relatively easily by using standard forensic tools that anyone can buy and download.

The company said: “Deleting files from your Android phone before selling it or giving it away is not enough. You need to overwrite your files, making them irretrievable.”

It was not made clear by Avast whether they extracted data from all 20 phones.

Google responded that Avast used outdated smartphones and that their research did not “reflect the security protections in Android versions that are used by the vast majority of users”. It was recommended by Google that all users enable encryption on their devices before applying a factory reset to ensure files cannot be accessed. This feature, said Google, has been available for three years, although it is not enabled by default, which could leave less tech-savvy users open to attack.

Apple has had built-in encryption for its hardware and firmware since the release of the iPhone 3GS. The hardware encryption is permanently enabled and users cannot turn it off. Additional file data protection is available, but must be turned on in the settings menu.

Independent computer security analyst Graham Cluley said that if a user is serious about privacy and security they should make sure their device is always “protected with a PIN or passphrase, and that the data on it is encrypted”.

However, Alan Calder, founder of cybersecurity and risk management firm IT Governance, said that erasing data, even after it has been encrypted, will not be enough to completely protect your device.

“Google’s recommended routine for protecting the data only makes it harder for someone to recover the data – it does not make it impossible,” he said. “If you don’t want your data recovered, destroy the phone – and that has been standard security advice, in relation to telephones and computer drives, for a number of years. Any other ‘solution’ simply postpones the point at which someone is able to access your confidential data.”