Determining which of my programs are consuming data?

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Can anyone direct me to an application to put on my computer to monitor internet data use (up and download) by application?

I am new to Exede, pleased with the speed, dismayed by the rate of data consumption. I am not streaming video or storing data in the cloud. Just 2 wireless devices.
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James Beeghly

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If using Windows 7, 8, 10 devices try Glasswire - https://www.glasswire.com/

It must be installed on all Windows devices; another alternative for Windows is Networx and must similarly be installed on all devices (unless you happen to have a router that supports the required protocols Networx uses to track usage at the router level - most consumer routers don't support those protocols however).

Don't overlook any built-in traffic monitoring features your router may also have; however in most cases they won't provide an application level breakdown but may track overall usage counts by device).

At the same time, the new My eSVT tool may provide some insight; however it will only provide a general categorized breakdown of usage - https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/give-our-new-usage-tool-a-test-drive

Tracking application level usage requires installing a monitor such as Glasswire/Networx - others may be able to recommend monitoring applications for non-Windows environments; you're on the right track in that you can only tame the usage by knowing what applications are using your data (overall counts do little good at identifying the culprits other than confirming yep you're using it or something is using it in the background). Anything at the router or modem level knows little to nothing about the applications using the data. 

For example, just this AM Glasswire allowed me easily to catch Office 365 in the middle of downloading an update (well over .5 GB consumed at the time I caught it and fortunately for me during the LNFZ period) - it also allowed me to quickly and easily block it immediately before LNFZ expired and I will wait until the next LNFZ when I'm awake to resume. It was my fault since I'd failed to disable Office 365 automatic updates after manually applying the last round of updates a while back since Office 365 has no notify only option for updates.

Once you know what's consuming it, any number of recommendations can be made to trim back an unwanted.unnecessary usage - just let us know what's using it... without knowing what it's all guessing and the overly general recommendations of an ad blocker, Flash/HTML5 control, and disabling automatic updates (both operating system and applications) have the most immediate impact. 
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James, if any of your wireless devices are tablets or smart phones, these are sometimes consuming large chunks of data for their updates if the OS and apps. I have an Android smart phone, with around 15 apps, and it will go trough an average of 2 to 3 GB per month with updates and emails. Unfortunately, the Glasswire and Networx apps that Old Labs mentioned do not catch any of the data used by those devices, only Windows devices.  I have an ASUS router which has data monitoring internally, but does not break down what device or program is using the data.
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Hello James,

If you aren't on our eSVT trial you can email us at exedelistens@viasat.com and I can take a look for you. Like suggested, some of those devices can very sneakily consume large data amounts with background updates and storage. But honestly I can't tell you one way or another without looking at your account. Feel free to email me and I can take a look for you!
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I have not yet had a chance to try glasswirem, but plan to shortly. What is theeSVY trial?
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James, if you are  direct subscriber of Exede, you can go to this tool at https://myesvt.exede.net/.  Log in using your regular sign in credentials for the Exede Portal

Refer to this thread for more inforemation on the eSVT tool https://community.exede.com/exede/topics/give-our-new-usage-tool-a-test-drive?topic-reply-list%5Bset...
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