As more business owners in Apple Valley, Victorville and the High Desert area contemplate getting VoIP Service for their offices, many of them are bound to be tempted by the prospect of a do-it-yourself (DIY) installation. Business owners have clear advantages to going DIY; first of all, there are the cost savings to consider, followed by the valuable experience gained. However, when it comes to DIY VoIP, security tends to be ignored.
A recent article by a respected information security consultant illustrates one of the major dangers of DIY VoIP installations. IT security expert Paul Moore is often invited to observe installations of VoIP systems and other wireless networking systems. In mid-February, Mr. Moore reported a few of his observations, and the most worrying was the use of default passwords for devices and apps.
A business owner who acquires a new VoIP device and simply connects it to an existing network may have a false sense of security. He or she may think that the network is already secured and that firewalls are installed in each router. This belief was shattered by Mr. Moore, who explains how easily an attacker can gain access to an unsecured VoIP system to listen to phone conversations, access logs, make calls, review voice mail messages, and more.