Last year, Alan Masarek made news as he left Google to become Vonage’s new CEO.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones are the newest and best tools for voice communication. Instead of using phone lines to connect callers, VoIP connects calls through the Internet. Combined with the fact that VoIP calls are not strictly regulated like traditional phone lines are, VoIP phones offer some unique security advantages for those who don’t want to be tracked or recorded by hackers. For most users, VoIP offers a cheaper and better phone service for less money. For those still concerned with security, here are 5 ways that hackers get flustered by VoIP phone services.
1. Bypass Phone Lines to Avoid Wiretapping Being able to get around aging telephone wires is a huge plus for multiple reasons. VoIP phones can’t be wiretapped as easily, especially when there are no wires to tap to in the first place. Calls made through VoIP only require an internet connection to be able to make and receive calls, which means less infrastructure to worry about becoming compromised. Calls are sent as digitized packets too, and are routed through multiple nodes for greater security. Even if someone got ahold of your data, they would only have access to a small garbled piece of the puzzle. The rest of it would be traveling along any number of open broadband nodes.
2. Bandwidth Efficiency Leaves Room for Firewalls & More Even though VoIP phones connect through the Internet, there is no need to worry that a call will clog up or slow down the network. Calls made through VoIP get converted into a digital signal, which is much more efficient than the analog signals that traditional phones use. This makes room to run plenty of security countermeasures like firewalls against denial of service attacks, or hackers attempting to engage an entire phone system in simultaneous calls connected to expensive landlines. Consequently, the data slowdown created by running a phone call is minimal, meaning that Internet speeds will only be negligibly affected.
3. Data Encryption Ensures Secure File Transfer Still worried about someone else listening in on private phone calls? No need to fret. When a call is compressed into a digital signal, the sound files are encrypted, so if anyone got the data, they would still have to decode it. This can even get past the watchful eyes of organizations like PRISM. Encrypted calls will ease tensions about sharing sensitive information over the phone.
4. Mobile VoIP is Harder to Track Down VoIP programs are available from service providers who specialize in homes and businesses, but different providers also offer smartphone plans for mobile VoIP systems. This allows users to keep their VoIP access on the move, never staying in any one place for too long. Already VoIP calls are difficult to track because they aren’t associated with any one IP address, but attaching it to a mobile phone makes calls even harder to crack open, giving hackers a hard time.
5. Lower Calling Costs Weakens Certain Attacks Some hackers like to threaten companies by forcing their phones to make long calls to foreign countries in order to rack up a massive phone bill, but unlimited calling turns this financial disaster into a much smaller inconvenience. Almost all VoIP plans offer unlimited calling nationwide, and extremely low rates to foreign countries. Some providers even offer a list of countries that have unlimited calling. VoIP providers can afford to do this because geography is only an issue for traditional phone lines. With the Internet, sending an electrical signal over miles of telephone wires becomes archaic. These savings are passed on to the customer.
There are many other reasons to use VoIP phone systems besides security concerns. VoIP phones usually include several features that other phone companies charge extra for, like call forwarding and hold music. Other features like IP video chatting and IP faxing make communication easier on all fronts by sending their information through the internet, and to a computer. VoIP phone plans make it easy for callers to cooperate, and difficult for hackers to intervene maliciously.