Why is my Droplet transfer data usage so high?

August 22, 2018 833 views
Billing Ubuntu Ubuntu 18.04 Ubuntu 16.04

I made my DigitalOcean account 2 weeks ago, and my current Estimated Droplet Transfer Pool is now already at 1498 GB used of 485 GB.

All I have done in the past 2 weeks is:

  1. Create a Ubuntu web server then destroyed it.
  2. Created a Wordpress web server (LAMP stack) which is still currently running.

I am struggling to understand how I've used so much data? Surely a Wordpress web server shouldn't be using up this much data? Or is there something I'm not aware of?

Over the last 2 weeks, I have only been charged $0.50 in server running fees. However, now I am already over 1000 GB over my limit - does this mean I will be charged an extra $10?

Thank you

1 comment
  • Heya,

    Did you properly secure the droplet? If not i suggest you back'up your website and power the droplet off/rebuild it and start fresh with ssh password auth disabled(or a very strong random password, https://passwordsgenerator.net )
    A little guide for creating (The two links at the bottom will guide you on how to add the keys to the server/DO account) SSH Keys

    You will most likely be billed for the excess bandwidth tho you could try spinning up a second droplet and your current pool should increase(?) but you do have to fix what's wrong first. Could be either an attacker that has gained access to your server via either ssh or a vulnerability in a WP plugin.


1 Answer

Look at your logs to see what is happening.
You want to look at web logs, ssh logs and the logs of anything you enabled to connect through your firewall.

And do some reading on how to make your server more secure.

Wordpress is a favorite for hackers. Always keep it up to date, and as secure as you can make it.

Wayne Sallee

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