I noticed that our usage this month has gone through the roof when Comcast sent me an email letting me know that we had used 90% of our TByte of data for the month. Interesting, given that we had been out of town for most of the month so far. They couldn't help much in figuring out where the data went. Well, in troubleshooting on my own, I came up with a possible explanation.
How many of you, when you've seen a huge spike in usage, have gotten a new computer and were transferring files from the old one to the new one? There's a "feature" in Windows 10 called OneDrive. If you accidently move the files to that and, like me, had a ton of files, guess what? Your usage spikes. Big time. I don't know for a fact that I made this mistake, but there are a boatload of files on OneDrive that I may have accidently put there. 100s of GBytes worth. I'm not going to go into the advantages/disadvantages of OneDrive, that's for another forum, but if you moved files to there that will chew up a bunch of your data right there. I got a new machine around the beginning of the month and looking back I suspect that this might be the cause of my huge increase in data usage. We'll see what happens the rest of the month and next month.
Oh, and I think that OneDrive is free the first year and costs you money starting the second year. Watch out, MS may being trying to dig into your pocket some more.
Just a thought. Take a look and see if this is the cause of your increase. The Comcast rep was telling me to check to see if I had malware that was using one of my computers. He may have been on to something, just that the malware came from Redmond, WA.
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We've been using a maximum of less than 200 GBytes of data each month, sometimes less than 100 GBytes. This month the usage is over 1000 GBytes and we were gone for a week and a half. How do I find out where this data has gone? We haven't changed our usage habits.
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