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'Piggybacking' off my internet connection???

by Em1982 / August 16, 2006 6:25 PM PDT

I have an iBook G4 running on Mac OSX and lately i've been noticing some fishy things happening with my internet usage. Namely, I've been 'reaching' my monthy usage limit (and sometimes even exceeding it), without doing much (uploads or downloads) at all. This leads me to think that someone could be tapping in to my internet connection remotely...

So my question is:
How do I find out what's going on? and;
What can I do to stop it??

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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first things first
by udayan71 / August 16, 2006 9:15 PM PDT

Alright Em1982, do you have an unsecured WiFi network? By that I mean, do you connect to the internet wirelessly or with Ethernet or Phone cables?

If you connect wirelessly it is very possible that someone is surfing on your unsecured network. If you don't then it is a lot more unlikely but not improbable.

Write back with more details about how you connect Happy


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re: first things first
by Em1982 / August 17, 2006 4:24 PM PDT
In reply to: first things first

Nope, not wireless... it goes thru the ethernet cable. So yeah...?? I'm out of town at this week using a friend's connection, my iBook is sitting at home, unplugged, in it's case... and somehow I download 12MB yesterday. I dunno what's going on.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 17, 2006 9:54 PM PDT
In reply to: re: first things first

ask you ISP if they can supply any further information, hopefully the MAC address of the computer that is downloading stuff.
Each MAC address is unique and would eliminate your machine from the equation.


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