VOIP, Why you shouldn’t listen to the IT expert when choosing your Telephone System

VOIP, what the experts don’t tell you!

Sometimes old is better

I have written several articles before on VOIP and the vulnerabilities that it poses to us, yet we still have the IT Experts out there pushing it. The latest wheeze is free calls from Gamma, yep free call, not just for you but for everyone who chooses to hack into your network. The only challenge is that YOU are left to foot the bill.

I recently came across an article by Dave Paresh in the Los Angeles Times, read it in full HERE.

By the end of this article if you still think VOIP is going to be a great investment for your business . . . hell mend you, you deserve everything that may come your way!

From the article:

” Wall Street firms, schools, media giants, insurance companies and customer service call centers have also temporarily lost phone service because of the attacks, according to telecommunications industry officials. Many of the victims want to remain anonymous out of fear of being attacked again or opening themselves up to lawsuits from customers.

The Marquette incident is noteworthy because when the business owner involved the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, the scammer bombarded one of the county’s two 911 lines for 3 1/2 hours.

“The few people I’ve talked to about it have said that you just have to take it and that there’s no way to stop this,” Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Kuhl said.”

No way to stop this . . .  Just have to take it . . .

Interesting comments by the Captain . . . There is one way . . . Don’t go VOIP!

That’s not to say traditional services cannot be hacked, they can, but it’s a heck of a lot harder than leaving the back door open, which VOIP does!

The main thrust of the article, a hospitals A&E department losing their phone service for 3 days, just think if you had an emergency with your child, mother, wife, husband and they passed away because of it, how would that make you feel?

Because of some IT bod saying, hey I can save you a few pennies you end up losing a loved one, doesn’t bare thinking about does it?

No Disrespect to IT experts, but maybe they should stay away from VOICE, it’s not their forty afterall. Think about it, would you get a plumber to rewire your electrics? No, neither would I, so why get an IT expert to sell you VOICE communications when it’s not their area of expertise.

Cisco do not give voice priority in their routers, and we all know Cisco make up the vast majority of the hardware backbone to the internet, it’s hardly likely to be very secure then, is it?