i haven't tried any of your suggestions re software to monitor specific IPs yet, but i've been running this nice little program i mentioned before called BitMeter http://codebox.no-ip...oller?page=bitmeter2
which monitors overall traffic, graphs it and gives reports based on hourly, weekly and monthly breakdowns.
looking at today's statistics for my daily morning email check, news read, blog read routine it would appear that that takes up about 1.2gb a month by itself. combine that with watching some youtube (not a junkie
) and online tv programs, some music downloading (the higher bitrate stuff adds up fast) and the great freeware programs i can't live without
- i guess 6gb per month is understandable.
i'm getting the feeling looking at that 1.2gb statistic for my morning routine that i'm not going find anything too sinister in my hunt for bandwidth bandits (did i just make up some new jargon?!). my feeling is that the web experience is just way more bandwidth hungry these days. i'm working on ad-blocking flash adverts from yahoo mail etc with this in mind.
the only other culprit that crossed my mind was the fasterfox addon... i had the prefetch function turned off - but i did install that add-on about two months ago when the increased usage started. any thoughts on whether that is a coincidence?
all comments and opinions gratefully received. and i'd be interested to know how much traffic other people use in a month too.