Making sure your router is secure

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I see a lot of threads with unhappy folks going on about their data allowance disappearing.
I think a lot of people just do not understand how the internet and data transfer works.
I have been on satellite internet since 2004. I quickly learned to keep my router secured so that no one could log onto my local area network and glomp bandwidth.

if you use a router, make sure it is secured with a good password that is at least 10 characters long, numbers and letters and does not relate to your life in any way.

Next, make sure you change the default login and password for the router itself, because if you do not change THAT then anyone with any tech knowledge can sniff your network, log into your router with the default info it is shipped with and change stuff on you, or just get your wifi password so they can use your internet for free

Also, make sure your computer is clean, no viruses or malware. I use malwarebytes and spybot search n destroy along with mcafee all access total protection (I can keep all my computers and devices protected under 1 license)

the clean computer thing is extremely important because your computer could be acting as a spam relay and you wouldn't even know it, except for the disappearing bandwidth.

also, using Google to research all the little ways you can control usage will help.
The thing to remember about satellite internet is that firstly, if you are using it, you live in a remote rural area where other forms of internet are not available or the alternative is very expensive.

If you live someplace like this, you must accept that there are ALWAYS trade offs. Sacrifices that one makes to enjoy a different quality of living then those who live in the more densely populated areas that the hardwired broadband services tend to favor.

so, if you can regulate how much electricity you use to keep your electric bill down, how much water you use to keep your well from going dry, and how much recycling you do in order to keep your garbage footprint small, surely you can take control of your internet usage and make it work for you!
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Exede Kimberly

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Loren, this is going to be helpful to so many customers and myself honestly. You explained everything so nicely that I will be referencing back to this for pointers. (: Thank you so much for your input.
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Ive been using computers since about 97 maybe later. I do know only option you had back then was dialup. I have had the mysterious data spike and there is many people that work in the computer field that have had issues. Unlike they want you to believe it is NOT always the users fault. I have 4 yes 4 spyware programs running plus virus scanner and my network is monitored 24/7 with of course secured like a brinks vault. I have my browser set to ask me anytime it tries to load anything like shock, java and silverlight. I also run adblock and flashblock. At the beginning of the month this month I had mysterious data spike when my usage reset for the month. A whole GB used with nothing running but the modem. Yes I did get the GB back because of knowing and explaining everything I know was happening. It does happen.
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I hear you =) just so you know, there ARE people tech savvy enough to drive around with sniffers, and crackers and crack your wifi security. My suggestion is mainly aimed at the folks who basically regard their computer and internet the same way they do a microwave oven... you just shove food in and push the button right?
MANY users are unaware of how data usage happens, just HOW big that movie they just watched really IS etc and they come from the city and hardwired broadband with limits like 350 gb to a rural area where all they can get is satellite, and then they expect the same performance as they had at the old place.
It just isn't going to happen without the user educating themselves on how bandwidth is used etc and just how much data that streaming audio or video is going to eat.
I am fairly accustomed to this, but even *I* was completely non-plussed at how much data use was projected when I added 10 minutes a day of high def video to the formula...
the problem is, the providers have figured out that bandwidth = money, and the harder it is to obtain any sort of decent internet connection for today's uses, the more money you are going to pay for your bandwidth.

I am hoping that someday soon, the satellite internet companies will be able to offer us bandwidth packages more in line with the hardwired and fiber optic providers. What *I* wouldn't give to have a 350 gb limit LOL
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Loren ... thanks for the suggestions of using malwarebytes and spybot. I changed to an iMac in 2010 and have never ran these programs yet ... I will right now ... I did in the past when I had a PC. I will also change my default modem password the installer gave me. I live in a rural area, a few miles from town, only 3 neighbors in the distance so am not sure if someone using my connection is possible...but it's best to be protected....thanks again.

I just found out 2 things. Malwarebytes does not have a program for Macs and Apple has a built in malware remover.

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