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Large increase in broadband useage

rammie1976
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Registered: 02-09-2007

Large increase in broadband useage

Hi, I'm on BBYW2 and last month went over my 15gb useage allowance.
I took a look at my previous months useage and it seems to be increasing quite drastically for no reason I can think of
Billing Period    Paid-for usage    Free usage        Total usage
06 Aug - 06 Sep  15.44GB              68.08MB                15.5GB
06 Jul - 06 Aug      12.14GB            70.96MB              12.21GB
06 Jun - 06 Jul      8.86GB              22.7MB                    8.88GB
It would have been slightly higher last month but I got a speed cut for the last day of the billing period.
When I look at the useage 'internet activities' it's mainly 'web browsing' - 80ish %
I can think of no great change in my web browsing activities from June until now, so is there an obvious reason for this increase? My connection is secure & I run Avast (free) anti-virus which is uptodate & was recently updated to v5.0.594 - all MS software is also uptodate
Any help or advice gratefully received.
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Re: Large increase in broadband useage

If you are using Windows install NetWorX on all your PCs and you can monitor your usage.
Do you have a wireless network enabled, if so is it properly secured?
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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rammie1976
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Re: Large increase in broadband useage

Thanks jelv I've just installed Networx.
My wireless connection is a secure one, but as I'm in a rural area I'd be able to spot anyone trying to nick my bandwidth! Wink
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Re: Large increase in broadband useage

Quote from: rammie1976
but as I'm in a rural area I'd be able to spot anyone trying to nick my bandwidth! Wink

Grin Grin Grin
Fair enough!
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
Broadband: Andrews & Arnold Home::1 (FTTC 80/20)
Line rental: Pulse 8 Home Line Rental (£13/month)
Mobile: iD mobile (£4/month)
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Registered: 06-02-2008

Re: Large increase in broadband useage

We can provide an hourly breakdown of a day's usage so perhaps keep a log of your internet activities for a day and we can cross reference our logs and NetWorX.
rammie1976
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Registered: 02-09-2007

Re: Large increase in broadband useage

Thanks, first I'll see what sort of figures Networx throws up and compare them with Plusnet's 'VMU'.  Smiley
jojopillo
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Re: Large increase in broadband useage

HI rammie1976,
Just remember when doing your comparisons that the VMBU can take 2 hours to update.
Jojo Smiley