Why is my Mobile Data Plan Getting Used Up?

The complaint: that people using cellular data plans on their laptops with usage limits have something stealth that's using up bandwidth.

The answer: Google did it. 

Wait, you don't have any Google product installed? If you're using the Google version of the Nik Software you do. Nik switched from their updater to the Google Software Update (GSU) engine (same thing the Chrome browser uses). There's only one problem with that (okay, there were multiple problems, but let's concentrate on the issue raised here): GSU checks for updates several times an hour. That's right, your Nik Software is up-to-the-minute. But it also means that if you're on a bandwidth measured system, it's getting chewed up by Google. 

As many have pointed out to me, Google doesn't seem to answer questions about this. Fortunately, others do. Check out this Apple discussion forum message for the answer.

Okay, you want to know what the other problems are, right? 

The big one is that GSU is automatic, has no manual mechanism, and it does all its work in ways you can't control. You'll get new versions automatically installed, whether you want them or not. For those of us who try to build stable, reliable systems, automatic updates are a no-no. Moreover, you may get feature changes you don't want (or at least didn't expect). Yes, I'm a control freak, but everyone should be when it comes to what's being put on their systems.

Even Adobe with their Creative Cloud updates doesn't force them down your throat: they'll identify that there's a new version when you sign in, but it's up to you to choose when you update it. That's the way it should be. It's not the way Google does it. 

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