Short T/F quiz
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 world will be using VoIP for communication within next 3-4 years. 5.T / F You can make all your phone calls anywhere in world from your computer. 6.T / F Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are perfectly safe to use, especially if your computer is protected with firewalls.
1.The answer is True. In fact, it is 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 public has been fed a steady diet that minimum requirement for VoIP is a high speed (broadband) connection, this is absolutely false.
Over 90% of VoIP providers have used this false premise as a smokescreen to take your focus off fact that their priority was and is to line their own pockets rather than expend time, effort, and funds to develop technology that incorporates dial up capability.
The technology required for dial up connections to use VoIP involves ability to compress data packets down to a minimum size of 8 kbps prior to traveling over Internet.
3.The answer is False. Security should be 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 worms.
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 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 computer.
4.The answer is True. Industry insiders such AT&T says, “VoIP traffic is projected to account for approximately 75% of world’s voice traffic by 2007”. This suggests a major paradigm shift in communication.
5.The answer is True. Not only can you make all your phone calls anywhere in 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.