September only had a total of nearly 1000 gigs, and I looked back at the previous months, and those were roughly around the same as September as well.
What makes me very confused is that when I log into Urchin and do a total tally of all of my websites, I find September totaling 46 gigs and October so far 10! How come so low? I know nothing about server administration - could something else be 'hogging' my bandwidth other than Apache?
The only thing I can think of is if a past person I hired still has access to my server and is leeching WareZ or something.. how can I check this? I really know nothing about server administration.
I contacted tech support, inquiring on bandwidth increase prices, and was surprised to find them so expensive:
500GB for $125/mo
750GB for $150/mo
1000GB for $175/mo
This is so confusing to me - that's more than buying a brand new server and getting 1500 GBs! Are these normal prices?
I haven't asked yet, but will, on how much the overage costs are per Gig. Does anyone have any ideas? What's horrible is that support says that if I ordered it now, it wouldn't count until NEXT month.. so like.. um.. how am I supposed to stop all this bandwidth then? Shut down all my sites?!?
Don't trust Urchin as it would only monitor outgoing HTTP access only when it is working but most of the time I realized that Urchin doesn't really work.
You need to take into account all incoming and outgoing traffic to your server because other services like smtp,pop,ftp,ssh and so on would indeed add up to your bandwidth usage.
Bandwidth overage charges are at 50cents/gb above and beyond the allocation.
In Orbit, first thing to do is go under Security and request for the free Vulnerability Scanning for your server. This should tell you if there are any security holes in your system which you need to take care of.
I just issued a 'netstat' (I really know absolutely nothing about server administration) and I could see a few suspect things. Namely a foreign address and an IRC connection which I think is a daemon or something.
These would have been set up by a 'friend/developer' I had help me with my server and such, but I told him before to stop doing any torrent or illegal pirating on it, but it looks like maybe he didn't? I don't want to jump to conclusions, but it'd explain the bandwidth..
I can't get ahold of him (not answering my calls), but would anyone mind talking to me on MSN or something to help me out?
You might want to do a Vulnerability Scan to see if you have any holes in your server that someone might exploit. THere are hundreds of apache/and other loop holes that may have allowed someone into your bax and is eating your bandwidth.
Have you checked for Vulnerabilities?
Apparantly my 'friend' who I had often hired to program or do server work for me, has whored it up with tons of torrents, WareZ, shoutcast, etc. That explains the bandwidth usage...
So the good news is that we solved the root of the bandwidth problem and fixed it.. the bad news is that it's somebody I've worked with closely for a long time, and I'm waiting for him to finish a site I paid him to do.. which I'm wondering if I'll even get back now; I can't get in contact with him...