Just about anyone can listen in on your VoIP call if it’s not encrypted. This can even include, employees, business partners and even government officials. However, as it’s easy for them to listen in, it’s just as easy for you to protect your privacy and ensure that no one is eavesdropping. As news spreads about how VoIP calls can be intercepted, you’ll want to get the most out of your service without having to compromise your privacy.
The number one way to protect your VoIP calls is with encryption. Since VoIP is transmitted through a network, encryption can protect your conversation just like it can protect other computer-based data. Luckily, encryption now is relatively easy. Even if your VoIP carrier doesn’t have the protection you need, you can easily find it, in some cases, even for free.
According to VoIP-News, Zfone’s encryption software is widely used and respected. The beta version is entirely free and can be downloaded and installed easily. The only hitch to the software is that whoever you are calling must also install Zfone, and not everyone will be willing to do that. This means that calls to banks, brokers and various other government owned agencies will not be secure.
However, your VoIP provider may already carry this option. Skype carries the option as well as some select carriers. Always check with your VoIP service before installing anything new. You might be surprised at what you get in an all-in-one VoIP package.
Also, check with your boss before making a commitment to paid encryption software. Many businesses have what’s called a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, that already provides encryption service. This provides protection for all who are in your network, even travelling or remote workers. Remote workers will be especially pleased with a VPN, as the LAN (Local Area Network) doesn’t provide protection.
If both your VoIP provider and your employer don’t have the encryption security that you’re looking for, you can always look into TLS (Transport Layer Security) and IPsec (IP Security). While TLS encrypts data between two VoIP users, IPsec encrypts the data between two users and the applications that they may be using.
There are many different encryption services that are literally just moments away from protecting your phone calls. Don’t let an interception get in the way of your VoIP user experience. With encryption, TLS and IPsec options out there, VoIP can be everything you’re looking for in a communication solution.