This is a bit of a rant due to the fact that I think someone has hacked my wi-fi router for their own needs. I was off the internet all day Tuesday and Tuesday night due to the fact I was not feeling good and I just wanted sleep. That was all I wanted... anyway- I went to check my data usage through my cable company and it DOUBLED in 24 hours!
I saw that someone had used 8 gigabytes of data that was not from me and I immediately took action. My cable company has a page where I can check the hour-by-hour usage of data and for the record; I don't file share, download movies or large files off the internet anymore.
I gave up on that a few years back when I heard cable companies were clamping down and I don't wish to be caught- plus I mostly use the internet for YouTube vids of jumbo jets, freeway vids, reading and researching various interests of mine.
First, I changed the password on my router. I made it more secure and double-checked all the settings. Second, I did some research online and did my homework on the subject and found out I had probably been hacked. The only reason I can say I was hacked was because my computer was turned off and unplugged from 7am Tuesday 'til 6a Wednesday. The large data usage was between the hours of 8a Tuesday 'til 9p Tuesday evening.
Someone must have been having a ball at my expense to download 8GB of data!
So, the big thing is finding out who is doing this. I have worked on securing my computer and my Wi-Fi for the past day and more. I have been getting advice from friends and family; which has made my new system secure- for the record I got a Win 8 laptop for Christmas- and a router a year before.
I figure it has to be one of my neighbors or the kids that live around here who figured it out and they figured out how to get aboard my router.
If the mods feel the need to move this from mature topics to the computer section they can- but I felt this could serve as a warning to anyone with their own router- always check the data and watch whoever has access. I also would love to hear if something like this has happened with other ADISCers too.