I contacted BT for assistance and this is the breakdown they've given me:
- For the month of July up to 3/7/2011 at 23:59 hours is 1.34 GB (Upload usage is 1.22 GB and the download usage is 0.13 GB).
- In the month of June you have used 14.39 GB (Uploads-13.35 and downloads-1.04 GB)
- In the month of April you have used 11.69 GB (Uploads-10.93 GB and downloads-0.77 GB).
Before April I had never gone over the limit before.
I have not uploaded any files or photos or peer-to-peer stuff, so can't understand why my upload usage is that high.
I have up-to-date AV software and HONESTLY do not use torrents or anything else to upload stuff. I've checked my 'installed programmes' list and nothing new sticks out around March/April.
What could be causing the vast increase in upload usage? I do use wireless but only at home. I'm the only user of the internet. There have been no security breaches as far as I'm aware.
Could some dude be using my connection somehow for something? If so....how do I get rid of the scumbag?
Surely normal surfing would have a higher download usage than upload usage?
My router is password protected and I'm the only person who knows it.
I have tried a usage meter but I really don't understand it.
I'm going to run a program called malware bytes and also a full system AV scan.
I do not leave the computer or router on 24 hours.....but maybe for an average of 4-5 hours a day.
One thing I have just realised is that the default 'Admin Password' for the router won't work. I have not changed it since installation. On attempting to log in it says if I have forgotten my password I should reset the router to factory defaults. Is this a good idea?
The router is a BT Home Hub V 2.0 Type A.
I'm grateful for your help.
Please explain in simple terms. I am not techno savvy.