Usage is one area that can be confusing, mainly as doing different things will take up different amounts of your usage allowance.
You will have a limited amount of data you can use each month during peak hours, depending on your product. If you go over this you will be charged for that usage on your bill. So its a good idea to keep an eye on what is being used.
Most basic things you do on the internet won't take a large amount of usage at all. An email for example is rarely over a couple of MB in size, so you can download quite a few of these before you use a substantial chunk of your allowance, but be careful of emails with attachments as these will be substantially larger. Video streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Sky Go can quite quickly use up your usage allowance, as can updates for you computer or firmware updates on your wifi connected handheld devices.
As a quick and simple guide, the following are approximate figures for the typical data usage of certain activities.
There are a few third party applications that can help with monitoring your usage we have guides on using some of the more popular ones in our 'Hints and Tips' section.
If you are seeing usage that you are unsure of there are a few things to look out for.
If you think your WiFi may have been compromised you can often check the connected devices in the router web interface and disconnect any that you do not recognise but often, following improvements in wireless security, this is rarely the source of such usage.
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