What’s Your IQ on Basic PC Phone (
VoIP ) Knowledge ?
1.T / F You can save a significant amount of money using
VoIP rather than traditional telephone/cell phone calling methods. 2.T
/ F The minimum requirement for VoIP is a broadband (high speed)
connection. 3.T / F VoIP security is not an issue to be concerned about
because most computers are protected with firewalls. 4.T / F Over 75%
of the world will be using VoIP for communication within the next 3-4
years. 5.T / F You can make all your phone calls anywhere in the world
from your computer. 6.T / F Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are perfectly
safe to use, especially if your computer is protected with
1.The answer is True. In fact, it is the
tremendous savings of up to 80% off traditional phone calling that makes
VoIP attractive to consumers and businesses. The only equipment needed for
VoIP is your PC and a microphone (if one is not built into your PC).
Beware of VoIP service providers that require you to purchase additional
equipment and/or sign contracts.
2.The answer is False. Although
the public has been fed a steady diet that the minimum requirement for
VoIP is a high speed (broadband) connection, this is absolutely false.
Over 90% of the VoIP providers have used this false premise as a
smokescreen to take your focus off the fact that their priority was and is
to line their own pockets rather than expend the time, effort, and funds
to develop technology that incorporates dial up capability.
technology required for dial up connections to use VoIP involves the
ability to compress data packets down to a minimum size of 8 kbps prior to
traveling over the Internet.
3.The answer is False. Security
should be the most important feature of any VoIP solution provider.
Firewalls do not incorporate protection for VoIP. VoIP security should
incorporate protection against identity theft, Trojan horses, viruses, and
Craig Pollard of Siemens advised that “Voice must be
protected like any other application". He further stated that, "Along with
IT directors and telecom managers, a number of financial directors came to
our road shows, which may not be surprising considering the damaging
potential of VoIP threats if a network is not properly protected."
Over 90% of VoIP solution providers do not operate on secure
lines. These providers, in order to save a few dollars at your expense,
operate on industry standard codec (encryption codes) and industry
standard protocols which are publicly open and interpretable. Hacker
friendly providers offer hacker manuals, software, programs, and even
processor chips that makes accessibility to your computer from these
industry standards – as enticing as chum is to sharks in a feeding frenzy.
When a computer hacker gains unauthorized access to your computer,
their sole purpose is to steal your identity and sell your personal and
confidential information to other criminal entities. In addition, they
often plant Trojan horses, viruses, and worms into your
4.The answer is True. Industry insiders such AT&T
says, “VoIP traffic is projected to account for approximately 75% of the
world’s voice traffic by 2007”. This suggests a major paradigm shift in
5.The answer is True. Not only can you make all your
phone calls anywhere in the world from your computer, you can also travel
with your computer phone. Simply by bringing your unique number and
password, you can download your phone with your entire contact list. Of
course, PC to PC is usually free between subscribers. PC to telephones and
cell phones typically involves fees at drastically reduced rates when
compared to traditional calling rates.
6.The answer is False. P2P
networks use industry standard codec (encryption codes) and industry
standard protocols which are publicly open and interpretable.
Ashcroft, Attorney General, in remarks at the High Technology Crime
Investigation Association 2004 International Training Conference held on
September 13, 2004 stated, “We have seen worms and viruses
attack…disrupting basic services…And with the increased use of the
Internet and especially peer-to-peer networking, we have seen malicious
code spread more quickly and infect more personal computers than ever
before. The cost of these worms, viruses, and denial-of-service
attacks…reaches into the billions of dollars.”
P2P networks such as
Skype operate by taking bandwidth (information carrying capacity) from
customers on their service to assist other customers using their service -
analogous to a symbiotic relationship. The tools that enable them to
accomplish this are bundled in the software their customers agree to in
order to download and access their VoIP service.
concern for both individuals and businesses when using P2P systems is
unknowingly having your computer used as a supernode. A supernode occurs
when your computer is arbitrarily assigned as a hub.
When you are
running the software for P2P services, your computer’s disk space,
bandwidth, and processing power are used to help other users on the same
system operate their software more efficiently because of their own
network or firewall constraints.
We as consumers still have a lot
to learn about VoIP, as this technology is the new era of communication
and is continuously being changed.
All VoIP service providers need
to incorporate the protection, needs, and desires of its customers, as
well as address security and dial up capability.
All VoIP service
providers should invest in developing a proprietary patented technology
that incorporates compression of data packets so that their VoIP can be
used on dial up connections, as well as cable, satellite, and wireless.
All VoIP service providers should develop and create their own
proprietary high end encryption codec with patented technology, simply
because they do not want their customers to be victims of viruses, worms,
Trojan horses, or have their identity stolen as a result of using their
Simply put, all VoIP service providers should place
the protection, security, and needs of their customers FIRST. Of course,
they are in business to earn profits, but it should not be at the expense
of exposing their customers to unscrupulous entities.
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