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Voice over IP (VOIP) Telephone Security Concerns

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

VOIP is destined to be the “way of the future” for telephone communications. With the catchy Vonage commercials, rapid growth of Skype, cable companies pushing “digital phone”, and business phone vendors pushing this latest technology we’ve probably all heard of VOIP.

The following links are interesting articles on VOIP technology, what it is, and the pros and cons. Pay particular attention to the cons as much of it is related to security risks. In the legal profession and business the standard of care taken to protect privacy is higher than in a residential setting.

What is VOIP?
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/ip-telephony.htm

Security on VOIP
Why VOIP Needs Crypto :: Wired Magazine
A Pretty Good Way to Foil the NSA :: Wired Magazine

Buying VOIP Service
http://money.cnn.com/2006/01/06/technology/voip_biz20/index.htm

Creating a strong password system

Saturday, February 4th, 2006

We all know that we have too many passwords. Between pin numbers, e-mail, online shopping, voicemail, company networks, home security and various memberships the number of passwords we have to remember is staggering. I personally counted 38 activities that require passwords on a regular basis, as in at least once a week. Sometimes I get so bogged down I think I need a password just to get out of bed. But this is how it goes, with the ability to access and store information in more places, passwords are not going away anytime soon. With the acceptance that you need passwords I hope that this article will help you understand what sort of attacks your passwords will have to endure and why it’s important to have a strong system for creating them. (more…)