I thought I was being very careful in utilizing my "bites" this month. What happened? They are gone is less than two weeks!

  • 3
  • Question
  • Updated 2 years ago
  • Answered
Photo of Daryl Lockwood

Daryl Lockwood

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
  • confused

Posted 2 years ago

  • 3
Photo of JEP

JEP

  • 986 Posts
  • 718 Reply Likes
I don't know how many devices you have connected to your router.  Smart phones, Blu-Ray player, Smart TV?  They all can gobble up data.  If you have DirecTV and use their 72-hour rewind feature or Movies on Demand, that can be a big hit.  Or if you are just running Windows 10 and got hit with their recent 1511 update, that is 3GB just by itself.  And if you have Office 365 they just came out with a large annual update. 
(Edited)
Photo of Jackie Thompson

Jackie Thompson

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
I am having the same problem.  My data usage skyrocketed.  I need to find a way to track which applications are using it. 
Photo of Old Labs

Old Labs

  • 3132 Posts
  • 3083 Reply Likes
If using Windows 7, 8 or 10 you might want to consider GlassWire. The free version is available at:

https://www.glasswire.com/

There's also a list of others for Windows at:

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/monitor-internet-usage/

However, I find GlassWire the easiest to use when wanting to monitor usage at the application level. Most of it will likely be attributable to your browser but it also allows seeing which web sites are using your data.

The free version tracks usage on a rolling 30 day period so that you can go back in time during that period to determine what happened. If nothing else, it can be a real eye-opener regarding what's going on behind the scenes without your knowledge.

As JEP notes other devices connecting through your router (if applicable) can exhaust your data quickly. Most routers have some built-in form of traffic monitoring to determine cumulative data usage and at least determine what devices are connecting.

Let us know what operating system and version you're using, browser and any add-ons, router bramd and model, etc and some general suggestions can be made that work for most can be made to eliminate much of the unwanted data being foisted upon you.             
Photo of Steve Frederick

Steve Frederick, Champion

  • 2540 Posts
  • 1562 Reply Likes
Old Labs, I had been using Networx, but recently loaded Glasswire. I do like the additional information that it provides on data usage, and what is using it. A great tool, and it is free.
Photo of johnny c

johnny c

  • 256 Posts
  • 103 Reply Likes
Do all your updates after midnight, during the free zone.

Forget about watching on demand unless after midnight.

Net flix etc.  no way.

I ask my cable, fios students how much data they use, they look at me like are you kidding, who knows.

Only Sat users are restricted. 

I use most of my Verizon data (12G) from my phone plan as hot spot and between that and monitoring my usage i can make each month.
Photo of Diana

Diana, Viasat Employee

  • 2114 Posts
  • 365 Reply Likes
i Daryl, we also have some great insight on our website about data usage. Please visit http://help.exede.net/articles/General/Maximize-Your-Data and  http://www.exede.com/blog/keeping-an-eye-on-your-internet-data.
Also check to see if you have weather or news updates.  They continue to run in the background which uses data as well.