Beware Of Windows Update When Tethering

Windows Update Settings

Tethering your mobile internet means sharing your data subscription with your PC via USB cable, Bluetooth or WiFi hotspot. If you share your mobile data plan with your PC, you need to beware of Windows Update or else you will be left with a very bitter taste in the mouth. Recently, my 4GB data plan disappeared in a matter of days and I was left without internet service.

At first, I was mad at my network provider, Glo. I wondered how 4GB could disappear just like that without me lifting or downloading any heavy stuff. Then, I checked my device’s data usage monitor, and it gave a fair estimate corresponding to the exhausted data plan. My network provider could not be the culprit, so I dropped that line. Doing some sleuthing, I eventually nailed the thief – automatic Windows updates on my PC. This invisible thief had siphoned tons of data off my plan each time I tethered my mobile data plan with my PC and left me high and dry!

You don’t want to subscribe to a mobile internet plan for management during a period when you are tight on funds and have it all used up under 24 hours. Oh no; you don’t.

Modify Windows Update Settings

Here is my tip: any time you purchase or are assigned a Windows PC, go change the Windows Update settings a bit to avoid this sort of nightmare. On your PC, go to:

Control Panel > System & Security > Windows Update > Change Settings

Change the selection in the drop-down menu from “Install updates automatically” to “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”. Then click the “OK”button at the bottom of the screen. This way, you retain control over when to download and install Windows updates.

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If you tether your mobile device to your PC and have been wondering where your data went, you should have a look at Windows Update. In all probability, that is the devil in the details.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “Beware Of Windows Update When Tethering

  • November 12, 2013 at 9:24 am
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    “Change the selection in the drop-down menu from “Install updates automatically” to Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”. Then click the “OK”button at the bottom of the screen. This way, you retain control over when to download and install Windows updates.”

    In my experience this is the best way to turn your fast shiny brand new pc into a slow malware infested junk piece in a few months. This advice when combined with human nature will lead to a scenario where you install updates based on their size alone at first then gradually not bother at all because who really is going to invest a few hours reading up on every update to see if it’s important enough to install.
    My take, when you start considering turning off the security and enhancements updates on your pc then you should not use that pc to connect to the internet, better off using the phone you’re tethering with to do your browsing, it’s slightly safer.

  • November 12, 2013 at 9:51 am
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    Truth of the matter is that you get to spend more money when you tether.

    Even when you turn off that setting, my bitter past experience is that data still keeps leaking even while your PC ‘idles’, It doesn’t happen much on XP, but is worse from Windows 7 and above.

    For me, I do all Internet related tasks on a Tablet. It is by far friendlier to my data, aka, pockef, and I am in absolute control.

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