Monday, June 20, 2005

Why people read this site for VoIP bits instead of Google News

Leonardo Faoro - The VoIP Weblog


What the heck is wrong with some people?

In a recent VoIP article linked from Google News, a writer named Dee Scrip is (dramatically and inaccurately) calling for VoIP adopters to proceed with caution, claiming VoIP telephony is a security nightmare waiting to happen. Just look at how he begins his article:

Warning! Warning! Warning!

Beware of VoIP internet service providers that operate on industry standard codec and industry standard protocols because they are PUBLICLY OPEN and INTERPRETABLE! This also includes, but is not limited to, peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.
In plain terms, this means, if you subscribe to, or considering subscribing to a VoIP internet solution provider who operates on these industry standards – and over 90% do — you have inadvertently made yourself vulnerable to the criminal activities of hackers.
This is the kind of unbalanced sensational stuff that well-intentioned noobs all over the world are abused by constantly. But who ever heard of bashing industry standards? You can file it right alongside “There’s no software available for Macs” and “It’s not safe to use a credit card on the web”. The guy who wrote this is attempting a good old-fashioned SEO hack by loading a web page up with keywords and then providing disturbingly bad advice to his readers:
1. Find a VoIP internet solution provider that has their own proprietary high end encryption codec
2. Find a VoIP internet solution provider that has their own proprietary patented technology
It is through better collective understanding of standards that security problems are averted, not through ignorance of them. Mr. Scrip is clearly just posting drivel in order to drive search engine traffic, and that’ s a shame. Somebody is going to read this stuff and misunderstand the legitimate concerns of VoIP security. What’s worse, I found out about this silly article through Google news.
The point being, while the article points out, in vague terms, how hackers can observe VoIP traffic, it misses a few key points:
Old school telephony is even easier to listen in on, because it doesn’t have encrypted media streams.
Standards-based protocols for VoIP DO in fact prescribe a solution for encrypting VoIP media—namely Secure RTP (SRTP).
It’s quite possible, and very easy, to record somebody’s traditional telephone conversations without their knowledge. All it takes is a little wiring. You tell me what’s harder, sniffing VoIP packets on the Internet, or touching a pair of wires with a pair of probes connected to a recording device?
I’m not going to do this guy the favor of providing a link to his garbage. If you really want to find the page it’s on, just google his name.

17 Comments:

Blogger Joe Muka said...

Just surfing around late night and came upon your blog...I liked it.
My site about business voip is hard to have a blog for VOIP stuff and boring too

8:43 AM  
Blogger Search Engine Optimization Tips said...

Would you like to swap links? Just post a comment somewhere on my blog,
I won't delete it. Thanks and take care,

John

10:42 AM  
Blogger PolarTrader said...

Hi! Your Blog about Voip and Web Conference is great. I have a Website with a great Web Conference Software. There also is a Trial for only one dollar month. web cam video conference

Take a look when you have time!

Trond

6:15 PM  
Blogger Dream Builder said...

Hello, I did not realise that blogs could be so informative. I have been browsing and reading all

day -- Very addictive. I was just blog surfing and found you! If you are interested, go see my

href="http://www.domaincity.ws/BlogSubmitterPro.htm">organic seo
related site. Feel free to drop by and tell me what you think.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Internet Marketer Azhar said...

Hi :)

You have a great blog! I'll make sure to visit regularly.

If you want your blog to get higher in search engines, why not try Link Metro, you can over 100 new links to your blog every single day, for FREE!

10:15 PM  
Blogger JT said...

Great Blog! A real pleasure to read! Do you know that Traffic Portals will really boost your conversion rates and generate exclusively yours leads? We offer VOIP webinars - Marketing Courses Using Web Conferences about Traffic Portals I also have a website that talks about various high profile topics such as Retirement and includes an eBusiness Directory. I also would like to tell all of you reading this terrific blog about Retirement that should you be in need of a terrific host for a serious eCommerce Website that www.Kiosk.ws is Awesome Hosting value! They have the best online support team for all of your technical questions and a 3 minute emergency pager too. Looking to start your own affiliate program? They have an excellent script for you! They give you $70,000 dollars worth of software to build just about any type of e-commerce website you need! Go check it out if you get a chance. You can make more money than you spend and Create Free Will for Yourself! Again, Great Blog! Thanks. The info on Retirement Sooner was very informative!

4:12 AM  
Blogger WDM Info Services said...

I am very impressed by your blog, It is full of great information. I found it by searching for " yahoo seo " on Google.

I have started a blog directory and would like to personally invite you to post your blog. Its free and will help you in your search rankings.

if you have any questions email me at admin@big3post.com and I will get back to you within a 24 hrs.

9:04 AM  
Blogger thebigsearch said...

Nice blog! I invite you to visit this interesting site about seo: and it's not only about seo

1:19 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

Every online business need free traffic. This free traffic handbook is very update and helpful.

11:59 PM  
Blogger My VoIp Solutions said...

Hi Thanks for your interesting blog. I also have a blog/site, covering billing software voip related stuff. Feel free to visit my billing software voip site.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Johnjon said...

I discuss this topic daily myself. I also have a website that talks about clickbank go2clickbank.com health money related things. Go check it out if you get a chance.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Infactahost.com said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a internet advertising solution site/blog. It pretty much covers internet advertising solution related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

3:47 AM  
Blogger telekom said...

Hi,

We may share some interest part of telecommunications story or update, so visit my website **Telecom** site/blog. It pretty much covers Telecommunications Updates related stuff.

Have a nice day.
Otai

6:34 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a affiliate internet marketing super site/blog. It pretty much covers affiliate internet marketing super related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

1:59 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

Every online business need free traffic. This free traffic handbook is very update and helpful.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Bri said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a free web site traffic counter site/blog. It pretty much covers free web site traffic counter related stuff. Plus you can advertise to billions using our free web site traffic counter tools.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

2:23 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

This is a very interesting post. I found it when looking for driving site traffic web.
Regards, Website Traffic Info

7:59 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home