How to Tether and go unnoticed by AT&T?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by macintologist, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. macintologist macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    I'm not asking HOW to tether, but rather when I do tether, what steps should I take to make sure that AT&T never finds out?

    What settings should I use in Safari/Firefox? What should I avoid? Any particular ports I should close, or does it not matter? Is there any piece of software that can help me see how many MBs I'm using in a particular month so that I don't go over a certain amount?
  2. markgamber macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2005
    Redneck, PA
    Seriously? Use T-Mobile, then AT&T won't care. Otherwise there's always the risk. Practically, just keep your usage below 5gb a month. There's safety in numbers.
  3. rotobadger macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2007
    They probably employ software that looks for specific patterns or spikes in data usage. If that software flags your account they look more closely at it. I think there is no way of hiding what you are doing other than keeping data transfer down to a minimum.
  4. macintologist thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    Is there an app on the Mac that can block all ports except 80, 25, etc?
  5. TheConfuzed1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2003
    Just make sure that you're not running any bandwidth hogs.

    Turn off any P2P, don't stream a lot of video/audio, and stay away from WoW. :)

    If you're just checking/ sending email, and surfing the web, you'll be just fine.
  6. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040


    Jun 25, 2008
    Yes. There is an app. System Prefs. You can setup the firewall to block all traffic other than those ports.

    Go to System Preferences and then Security, then Firewall. You can then set specific apps or whatever you want.
  7. firstapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    I would agree.. The best way to be sure AT&T doesn't catch on is by not racking up a lot of Data transfer GB's every month.

    If they see you racking up 10GB/month, then you will probably be caught.
  8. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    ATT is installing new profile technology to go along with the official tether rollout.

    Enjoy it while you can I guess, since if they catch you when the new tether/profile is launched, they will give you a warning, then close your account if you continue.

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