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talktalk over run allowance

by ankerdine / October 8, 2009 12:26 AM PDT

I have been warned by talktalk that last month that I downloaded 90.1gig which exceeds their 40gig monthly broardband allowance,and will be charged extra if it occurs again.
My setup comprises 1 dell desktop with McCafee,1 HP laptop with AGV, wireless networked via a Netgear DG834G modem. My wife and I are retired and never download music and films except occasional BBCiplayer which would never exceed 10gig/month. It seems to me that someone has accessed my connection. How can I prevent this happening again, or could their be another reason? Step by step solutions please.

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Go to your router's control panel
by Donna Buenaventura / October 8, 2009 12:43 AM PDT

And enable the option to only allow your PCs so no other devices/PCs can use your wireless connection. You will look for the option of MAC Filter List then enter only your PCs MAC address.
And I hope the router is pass-phrase protected also.

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Checked Router Settings
by ankerdine / October 8, 2009 8:51 PM PDT

Thanks Donna, all my router setting are inline with your suggestions.
Could a pro' break in? To use 90.1gig in less than three weeks is wild, unles talktalk got the decimal point in the wrong place. I may start to turn my modem off randomly which is a pain.

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by Donna Buenaventura / October 8, 2009 11:27 PM PDT
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Let me be blunt.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 8, 2009 9:02 PM PDT

You say you have the wifi turned on? Anything less than WPA is all too easy for people to tap into.

Example Wifi protections:

1. No protection = You know better.
2. SSID hiding = no protection.
3. WEP security = kid friendly "crack" tool = 2 minutes and I' in.
4. MAC filtering = teen friendly too and they're in.
5. WEP + MAC filter = teen hacker friendly tool and they're in.

Either move to our Networking forum settings (stock + WPA) or continue to be insecure. Yes there is some word about a WPA exploit but it's not usable yet.

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Moved to WPA
by ankerdine / October 9, 2009 2:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Let me be blunt.

Thanks Donna & Bob for your Straight forward advice I have moved on to WPA successfully. My level of confidence has risen greatly but only time will tell, I guess,

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