The more you Browse the faster your data plan hit the limit
One of the best features of the Opera browser is the famous Turbo mode that reduces the size of a web’s content so you can navigate not only faster but saving data.Those who use Firefox or Chrome do not have a function like this integrated in the browser, but with extensions like Bandwidth Hero that fulfill the objective of compressing the images in the webs you visit to save bandwidth.
Google has its own similar extension called Data Saver, it uses the company’s servers to optimize the pages you visit and reduce the use of data. It is quite simple and does not work with secure web pages (HTTPS). If you already used it and it seems enough, there is nothing wrong with that.
The hero who saves Your bandwidth
Bandwitch Hero is an excellent solution for those who use Firefox, or for Chrome users who do not want to use Google servers, who want to compress the data in HTTPS pages, who want to configure their own proxy server to compress the images, or who do not feel that they save enough with the data economizer.
The extension when it is active intercepts all the image upload requests made by the websites and sends each image to the compression proxy server. Then the proxy downloads the original image and converts it into a grayscale image in WebP / JPEG format, to then return it to the browser.
This means that you will see the web in black and white with this extension active, but the saving of megabytes of data is quite significant, something that can come in handy when you use a limited data connection, or a very slow one like a public site.
Bandwidth Hero is a browser (Chrome/Firefox) extension which compresses images on the page to save data.
How It Works?
- When active, Bandwidth Hero intercepts all images loading requests
- It sends each image URL to the compression proxy server
- Proxy server downloads the original image
- Once image is downloaded it is then converted to greyscale WebP/JPEG image.
- Proxy server returns compressed image to the browser
Please note that proxy server does not store the images anywhere, it compresses them on the fly. However if you want to be 100% sure you can run your own proxy server instance.
Please refer to compression proxy docs for detailed instructions on how to run your own proxy.
Once you have your own instance running, just update the URL under “Compression settings” in the extension popup.