Please feel free to copy/paste/reuse anything I post.
Copy and paste does work.
I use Thunderbird as my email client program. I made sub-folders to the inbox of the email address used for Community activity.
To those sub-folders I'll either create or save a GS Community response email.
Many of my replies are somewhat lengthy and contain graphics and doing some replies as "reposts" saves re-inventing the wheel.
I think, with how you use it, the only way you're really going to be able to tell what's using so much data is to turn your computer on every now and again and see how much has been used since the last time. With just a computer it's fairly easy to determine, but since you don't use the computer that much, it's a bit harder. Can you check your usage from your tablet?
That's what it's going to boil down to. Since the computer is seldom used, you are going to have to check often to see how much data the IPhones and the tablet are using.
Take a look at Gwalk's post above, too. Although the Glasswire will only measure what's going on with your computer, it may still help. Something is using the data, you've just got to narrow it down to what.
I appreciate it. I'm going to try that Thunderbird. With copying and pasting from my MSN account, using the mail app in Windows, the pictures don't come through when pasted. Just the words do.
So in Thunderbird you can just copy the parts of the post you want and paste it here and the pictures come through, too?
Using a tablet implies the use of a router and that multiplies the complexity considerably.
Lets look at a router:
Broadly speaking there are three areas of "connectivity".
A router consists of three potential traffic areas:
#1: Its firmware/hardware:
This would include automatic update checks, Remote Access accounts/vulnerabilities, WPS settings/vulnerabilities and "front end" username/password setup to name a few.
#2: Wired LAN connections and the types of devices connected as well as their settings. Specifically end users not understanding the differences between "hard off", "sleep" and "hibernate" as well as other system settings such as Wake On LAN, Wake On Ring and even extending to "scheduled tasks".
We need not even go into the details of forced updates and data "sharing" inherent to Win10 and being back ported to Win7/8/8.1
#3: We come to the most difficult to control ... Wireless activity
We can start with what encryption level, if any, has been set up. We also need to consider the username and password that limits access to the routers front end so that unauthorized users can add themselves to the wireless users list. It needs to be changed from the default values.
We also have the multitude of settings of the many types of devices that can connect wirelessly be they computers, notebooks, tablets, cell phones or even thermostats.
It is often not apparent when all apps on all devices have had their update ability turned off. Very frequently an update will cause other settings to change to their default values.
It is very important that the router be set up properly ... no guest accounts, no WPS, no Remote Access, properly set up username and password, strong wireless encryption .....
It really is tough to totally "tame" wireless devices.
Yup, right mouse ... drag to highlight, copy ....
The only thing I didn't like about Tbird (in the beginning) was it "auto-selected" the next message. I didn't want that.
There is a extension that can be added to prevent that.
Again, I really do appreciate it. I didn't want to use someone else's work without asking.
For now, what I've done is added the link to the post in my favorites on this computer. I know that copying and pasting works fine when doing it directly from a post.
I'm going to use my Acer notebook, which I use as a test bed, to try the Thunderbird. If I like it and it doesn't conflict with anything, I'll install it on this desktop and start using it. I use the Acer to test everything because if it does something to it, it doesn't really matter in the end as it was free. I know from the conversation earlier this week or late last week that Thunderbird is a pretty good mail app.
I'm always trying to learn anything I can so perhaps one day I'll be able to help as well as you, BirdDog, Corrosive and Alan, and anything I can have ready at hand will surely help. Thanks again.
You are more than welcome !
As a side note, I have several computers ... I have Thunderbird installed on most of them so I can make quick mail check.
They are set up to "download but leave a copy on server" on all but one computer.
My main machine is set to "download and remove from server:.
They are set up to "download but leave a copy on server" on all but one computer.That's something I was wondering about. I wouldn't want to download a bunch of mail, perhaps even something important, have the computer die on me and those emails be lost to the wind forever. I know there's always backup, but sometimes things happen when you least expect it and I don't backup constantly. It's good to know it can still be saved on the server.