exede data usage

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I want to know itemized data useage
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sildein

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They won't (and can't) tell you that, but they will tell you what devices are on your LAN (I strongly advise locking your router down)
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Actually, to some degree they (Exede) will give your itemized data usage.  Simply log in to your Exede account, go to https://myesvt.exede.net and then click on the "View Data Usage" icon near the bottom left of the screen.

Other than that, I wholeheartedly agree with Jesse Jones in that you want to lock your router down.  You also want to lock down any streaming Windows apps, DirectTV "genies" and the like, and make sure all program updates are efficient.
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There are always going to be unpatched vulnerabilities, even if you are "completely up to date," as for example the ones that windows automatic update would want to patch on the next update cycle.  Further, what about the vulnerabilities that hackers have found but that Microsoft hasn't become aware of yet but maybe will, anywhere from a few days to a month later.  This problem has been getting exponentially worse.  Then, to top it all off, the automatic updates for windows from Microsoft have been getting sloppier and have been more often causing customer computers to stop working.

It is no different with either Mac or linux.  I have personally seen some really scary exploits for linux, and, like windows, the number of new exploits for linux that just keep coming has been growing exponentially, but are still an order of magnitude or so less than windows, because not as many people use linux.  The cron job update for linux you reference above is what I would call the linux equivalent of automatic updates for windows, and it would burn up your data just as fast as windows automatic updates.

I believe that one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result.  This is what the update process process has become, and it doesn't even make your system more secure.  Personally, I don't consider any modern day operating system by itself safe on the internet.  So, what is one to do?  This is what I have done:

(1) run windows in a virtual machine under VMWare, which in turn runs under a regular user in linux.

(2) limit the speed of my internet connection in VMWare so that it takes that much longer for any incoming malware to get onto my computer, thereby increasing the time available for my antivirus (or me) to spot the malware as it is coming in and wipe it out before it has even fully arrived.

(3) have full running and up to date antivirus running in the virtual machine.  I have found that cloud antivirus is much more efficient in terms of data use than the traditional "virus signature files on your own computer" type.

(4) keep VMWare up to date and update windows periodically.

(5) block unsolicited access to all TCP ports.  Because Microsoft is so much more concerned about its own interests and agenda than it is about its customers' needs, it has built windows so that the TCP ports most often exploited by hackers are the ones that will respond to unsolicited probes by hackers.  Fortunately, the Exede modem and IP Layer provide a hardware firewall that blocks those TCP ports, and that gives no reverse DNS for the IP address you have on the internet while you are connected to the internet through Exede.

(6) carefully screen email and have an antivirus program that will scan email for malware.

(7) be ultra careful when visiting websites that are outside of those that I would regularly use.  Doing a google search and google transparency report on the new website address is a good place to start.
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You do realize you can put jobs in your crontab to run at a specific time right? Also pretty much every *nix has a crond implementation, and it works in basically the same way on all of them.

And personally I use Common Sense 2017 on macOS, although I do have an Arch Linux box to block ads and cache webpages, and to use when my main machine is down. Haven't caught malware since I was a kid, on WinXP. I find myself needing Linux software far more often than Windows, so SSH with X11 forwarding works well enough for me
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While you would get some protection by running a second linux in a virtual machine under linux, what I like about running windows in a virtual machine under linux is that the 2 OSes are completely different from each other.  This greatly strengthens the VMWare sandbox and virtual machine barrier.  Time and again, it has been seen that exploits, that would succeed if the host and guest OS is linux, fail if the guest OS is windows and the host OS is linux.  Further, the instant I find another viable OS that is different from linux like windows is, I will use it in place of windows in my virtual machine.  Possibly, ReactOS might turn out to be that replacement for windows.

Regarding security, another thing I do is keep my internet connection off (network adapter in windows disabled) when I am not using the internet.
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Another alternative OS that would be nice if it ever progressed into a usable daily is Haiku. It's a BeOS clone that aims for binary compatibility with it. Hardware support isn't that bad and it can run some Unix software, but you're stuck with a really outdated version of GCC and almost no software (yet).
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The following article at wikipedia appears to have some insight regarding alternatives to windows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_operating_systems

I still get the impression that ReactOS is still the most promising of the lot.
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The suggestion that Xode0000 gave is the closest to an itemized data report we can provide. In fact it's basically the same tool we use during troubleshooting. There are 3rd party tools you could look into that might give you a more itemized report but as they aren't endorsed, maintained or offered by us I cannot  suggest any but browsing through some forum threads or Google, you'll probably be able to find something more what you are asking for. We just have to be careful as a company to not cross a line with internet privacy so we can't give specifics like "which device is using the most data and what time?" " What webpage is draining my data?" ect