Use online telephoning (VoIP)
Talking to people via your computer and broadband connection is called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Like all uses of the internet, there are risks with using VoIP if you are not properly protected.
|Service theft||Obtain your service credentials and break into your voice mailbox.||
|Breach of privacy and identity theft||
|Vishing - VoIP equivalent of phishing (hoax) emails||Fake Caller IDs used to trick you into believing the person calling you is actually a representative from a legitimate business.||
|Spam over internet telephony (SPIT) –VoIP equivalent of spam||Telemarketers could easily send large amounts of messages to VoIP customers.||
Minimise security risks when using VoIP by:
- ensuring you have the latest version of anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a firewall on your computer, and making sure this software is activated and regularly updated
- using strong password for your VoIP software to keep it private
- setting up your service to allow connections only from people you know and block everyone else to prevent strangers calling you
- checking your VoIP provider's website regularly to see if there are any updates or patches for the software
- using encryption software for both your installation and for those you wish to talk to.
Where to get help
|You are experiencing difficulties connecting to the internet||Your internet service provider.|
|You are experiencing difficulties using VoIP software on your computer or device||
|Information on recent threats||Sign up to the free Stay Smart Online Alert Service.|
A full list of useful contacts can be found on the Contact us page.
Find out more:
- Protect your computer – stop intrusions Stay Smart Online video
- Wireless internet security Stay Smart Online video
- Stay Smart Online Small business self-assessment tool
- Australian Government Digital Business website
- Wireless Quiz - How secure is your wireless connection from hackers?