If you have satellite Internet - beware!

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If you have satellite Internet, you know you have so many megabytes of data each month. If you go over, your account is "throttled" until you purchase more.

A little over a month ago I was going along with more than half of my data unused, and it was only 4 days until it reset.

That's why I was shocked the next day when the Internet quit working. I checked and sure enough, it was throttled. Something had used more than 6 megs of data in a day. It had even used some of the "bonus" data (2 a.m. to 6 a.m. or something like that).

I'd been leaving the computer turned on at night - big mistake!

In the weeks since then, I've figured out what happened. No one is sneaking through the woods with a laptop to steal my WiFi. No one is parking in my driveway, either. I already knew that; the dogs would have had fit.

No - the data drain comes from "Pop unders." And they aren't just static pages. They have video running - which eats up data at an alarming rate.

It usually happens to me if I've visited news sites. And the worst of it is, after you close that page, the pop under is still there, hiding behind whatever else you have open (such as Active Rain, your own website, etc.) Fortunately for me, one of those sites had sound as well as movement, and that alerted me to go exploring.

It just happened again today. I closed a page and there lurking behind were TWO of those unwanted visitors! They'd used up a whole meg of data - but that was OK, because I still had plenty and the system resets at midnight tonight.

Live and learn - and I've learned to check for intruders every time I've visited a news site - or any site that has a ton of ads.


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

This is very important information to share, Marte.  I don't have satellite internet, but may at some point in the future.

Jun 02, 2017 05:01 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Marte-well, I've heard of Pop-ups but this is a first for me with "pop unders." Can you do anything about them?

Jun 02, 2017 05:06 PM #2
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Marte Cliff ,

Wow!! Good to know ..thanks for the heads up..I'll be watching this.

Jun 02, 2017 05:28 PM #3
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Marte - good to know this. I think those, who use it may know. So, now you will be shutting the computer down at bed time

Jun 02, 2017 06:26 PM #4
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Interesting info Marte.  Thanks for sharing!   

Jun 02, 2017 06:55 PM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have hardwire from my phone company...I like the service when things go out

Jun 02, 2017 08:21 PM #6
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Marte Cliff I am so fed-up with this 'electronic age' we life in today. There seems to be always a new way we get ripped-off even when we sleep! Great post; Thanks!

Jun 03, 2017 05:32 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Marte. Who knew, not me. I do know that leaving the computer on all the time will impact the battery life. 

Jun 03, 2017 07:09 AM #8
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Marte - We have clients who have to use satellite internet, and they mentioned this problem a while back. There apparently is a way to disable those videos -worth checking out.

Jun 03, 2017 02:56 PM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I can understand why folks in my area will avoid satellite internet at all costs.  How annoying.

Jun 03, 2017 06:08 PM #10
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Marte Cliff - Sneaky little devils that eat up your data allocation!  Good to know!  I always wonder about the cell phone and tablet if that's where I'm losing my allocation!  Great information to share with everyone!

Jun 04, 2017 10:56 PM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Marte - oh yes the pop unders can be very sneaky.  Some of that can be changed with settings in some programs like Facebook.

Jun 06, 2017 08:20 AM #12
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Wow .. had never heard of this before, Marte Cliff ... but have several friends that own satellite that I know will be interested.  Thanks for sharing!


Jun 07, 2017 02:56 PM #13
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Marte, that is great information. I get very annoyed with those types. Good to know.

Jun 07, 2017 03:37 PM #14
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Time for you to try an ad blocker to get rid of those things.

Jun 08, 2017 01:00 PM #15
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Wow, Marte... I had no idea! I don't get my internet via satellite so not an issue for me. But certainly a great warning for those who do.

Jun 11, 2017 05:42 AM #16
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