5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 29, 2013 5:59 AM by Roger in Melbourne
Roger in Melbourne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello

 

According to the bill from our telecommunications provider we are getting major spikes in usage two or three days a month, and we don't know why.  Our normal usage is about 100 MB per day, but on the two or three days we spike up to about 1,000 MB per day, and it seems to be due to downloads (not uploads).  We have a Macbook, two Ipads and an Iphone.

 

Can anybody suggest possible reasons for these spikes?

 

Thank you

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,510 points)

    What version of OS X are you running?

  • Roger in Melbourne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Klaus - I'm using version 10.5.8.  The other thing is that I've been getting odd messages that 'Safari has unexpectedly quit - caused by Flash Player Plug In 10.4 - 105.  However when checking Flash Player my version is 10.3.183.20  I also have had my first occurrence of someone sending spam type emails using my Yahoo address book.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,510 points)

    Spam is almost inevitable if you use Yahoo.

     

    Two bugs, one affecting Apple's Mac platform and another attacking Microsoft's Windows, exploit certain Flash player vulnerabilities to install malware onto users' systems, reports ArsTechnica. While users of other operating systems like Linux have yet to report attacks, Adobe's advisory notes the exploit affects all platforms.

     

    Designated as CVE-2013-0634, the first vulnerability targets the Safari and Firefox Web browsers running on OS X, and is also being used as a trojan to deploy Microsoft Word documents containing malware. For Mac users, the flaw affects Adobe Flash Player version 11.5.502.146 or earlier.

     

    On March 1 Apple again blocked Flash Player for Lion and Mountain Lion:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5660

     

    The Adobe Flash patch can be found on Adobe’s website, and users can visit this page to check if their software is the most curent version.

     

    You should uninstall any previous version first, and repair permissions after installing the new version.

     

    If you still get a ‘plug-ins blocked’ message:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5271

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (45,510 points)

    Roger in Melbourne wrote:

     

    Hi Klaus - I'm using version 10.5.8.  The other thing is that I've been getting odd messages that 'Safari has unexpectedly quit - caused by Flash Player Plug In 10.4 - 105.  However when checking Flash Player my version is 10.3.183.20  I also have had my first occurrence of someone sending spam type emails using my Yahoo address book.

    I forgot to ask: is yours a PPC Mac or an Intel mac?

  • Roger in Melbourne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Klaus - Thanks for the advice, as you can guess I'm pretty naive with all this stuff. I'll try the Adobe website tomorrow. My Mac is a 2.2 GHz Intel Core Duo.  Thanks again.