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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:56 pm    Post subject: Is Vonage less secure than Comcast Digital Voice? Reply with quote Back to top

I was wondering if because Vonage info is transmitted over the public internet that the Comcast Digital Voice network would tend to be more secure/private (i.e., less chance of the data being read or looked at).

For example, I recently was dealing with a credit bureau and had to input my social security number into the telephone. Does this mean my SSN is being transmitted across the public internet with Vonage?

Does anyone have any knowledge/expertise about this that can fill me in? Would Comcast be a better Voip provider if evaluated strictly on the security of the transmitted data?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Let's wait for the experts to speak up, but I doubt very much that there is any difference in security. Intercepting and decoding a Voip call would be a real bear. I'd be much more concerned about people listening in at either end after the Voip network has done its thing. I don't suppose, for example, that you use a cordless phone?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

While I understand your concern somewhat there really is not much of a difference in security.

Vonage and Comcast both transmit their information through your Internet Service Provider. Comcasts traffic travels to some endpoint withthin the Comcast network where it is handed over to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network)

Vonage traffic will travel through Comcast and onto Vonage's network where it will be handed off the the PSTN

The only security difference would be out on the "Public" internet between your house and the endpoint that the information arrives. Just because its called the "Public" internet doesnt mean John Q. Public can grab any information he wants off of it easily. Not to say its not possible but the act of singling out one user's traffic on the "Public internet" and saving a copy of the traffic for analysis is not exactly in the skillset of your average theif.

Most identity thieves use far more low-tech methods to grab your information. Think of it this way, if your wallet was sitting on your passenger seat of your Brand New super secure Mercedes, is the criminal going to get a laptop and sit in front of the car for a few hours while an expensive illegal program hacks the smart door locks or will they just break the window?

Also as noted by Steve, using a cordless phone throws all your security worries out the window. The cordless phone will broadcast all your information farther than an unsecure wifi network.

Thats my 2 cents anyways
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