Do You Text Chat (IM) Online?

IM (Instant Messaging) - man, we thought we had it made in the shade when we stumbled over this unique way to communicate! Outside of talking person-to-person on the phone, IM was the next best thing. Texting talk was endless and cost was nonexistent. Well, those were the good old days of yore ? you know, those days of glorious innocence.

Just as we were getting oh so comfortable, happily IMing away to each other, then came the cloak-and-dagger entrance of the treacherous "IM villains". With their ominous arrival, the party abruptly ended. It seemed like overnight, our instant messaging (IM) turned into instant mercenaries, and the carnage was strewn all over the Internet.

First, it was one by one, then the numbers increased and starting growing exponentially, as friends began receiving, and inadvertently sending, viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Then it went from bad to worse, as report after report surfaced describing the grisly results of innocent victims losing their identity because these villains had accessed their personal and confidential information. Truly this was the darkest of times for all IMer friends ? regardless of the IM service we were texting on.

How could this have happened? And more importantly, how can we protect ourselves?

Well, I found out that these villainous hackers had accessed a nifty little program originally designed to benefit us, and twisted it to intercept our conversations traveling across the internet. They now have a profitable tool to use that intercepts our data packets and sends us a virus, and duplicates it by sending the same ugly bug to everyone on our Buddy List.

Once a hacker has gained access to our Buddy List, they trick our friends into thinking WE, (a trusted source), are sending them a file to download. Then when our friends innocently download the file, these villains can then access their computers as well, and use the personal and confidential information gathered to line their own pockets. How it affected businesses whose employees used IM to communicate?well, I will just let your imagination take over from there?because the hackers let theirs do the same.

A lot of us were thinking that we had nothing to worry about because we had anti-virus software on our computers, and that provided the protection we needed. Wrong!

Anti-virus software is not designed to protect our data packets traveling across the internet. There are still no anti-virus applications that directly monitor IM traffic. This is due to the difficulty in finding IM traffic as it is often embedded inside http packets. And what is worse yet is that Forrester's, Root stated that "In 2005 and 2006, we expect IM to get hit with some serious attacks?"

But, don't despair! I have discovered a cure!

In fact, I discovered the best of both worlds. What I have found is a computer phone (in "techy" terms known as VoIP ? voice over internet protocol) that is optimally secure. One of the many features of the computer phone is the IM that is built into it. Thus, the IM instant messages are sent over optimally secure lines rather than openly public lines on the Internet -- AND I can also actually talk to friends from my computer phone any time I want. The "good old days of yore" are back with even more !!!

Here's what a computer phone is all about.

The computer phone was the creation resulting from taking the convenience and features of the telephone and combining it with the power of the Internet. Pretty ingenious I think! Although most computers have a built in microphone, some do not. Mine was one of those computers that did not. So, I ran down to a local store and bought one for $5. Then, much to my delight, I found out that it easily plugged into the back of my computer.

Here is what is really incredible about a computer phone. I can talk, IM, make 3-way calls, transfer a call to my cell phone if I am running out the door, and much, much more.

Actually, I have become so accustomed to the convenience of the features on my computer phone, that it actually becomes frustrating when I cannot IM a friend I am talking to on their cell phone or telephone. You see, often times, I find great sites to share with my friends, so I have to slowly spell out the location over the phone and repeat the letters so they get the right site, then wait for them to repeat it back to me, rather than quickly IMing them the site and letting them click on it right then and there.

One final word of wisdom -- over 90% of all computer phone (VoIP) services out there do not operate on secure lines. The one I am using is optimally secure because they have their own proprietary high end encryption codec (code) with patented technology that is hosted in a professional facility. You just can't get any better than that!

Want to try a computer phone out for yourself?

You can download the software and try it out for 7 days absolutely free and without any contract, obligations, or hassles. Here's the place to visit http://www.free-pc-phone.com Oh, and yes, you will love this?.if you use a dial up connection to the internet, these computer phones work too, in addition to satellite, cable, and wireless connections.

Dee Scrip is a well-known and respected published author of numerous articles on VoIP, VoIP security, and other VoIP related issues. http://www.free-pc-phone.com

Buchanan travel from Midway ..
In The News:

Tech expert Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson shows you how to categorize open tabs into custom groups for streamlined browsing.
Tech expert Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson reveals how you can secure your iPhone/iPad: Strong passcode, biometric security and software updates.
Here's how you can take better family pictures by using your iPhone or Android's photo timer, a tripod, editing tools and a good prompt to get everyone to smile naturally.
Stay up to date on the latest AI technology advancements and learn about the challenges and opportunities AI presents now and for the future.
An internal investigation by Advance Auto Parts determined over 2 million people were affected by a data breach that exposed names, Social Security numbers and driver's licenses.
Toys "R" Us is back with a cutting-edge short film using artificial intelligence to tell the story of its origins that's innovative and nostalgic.
Elon Musk announced Tuesday that he plans to move the California headquarters for SpaceX to Texas, citing California Gavin Newsom's progressive politics.
Data breaches happen all the time – and it's important to take quick, decisive action if your information gets caught up in one. Here's how.
Retirement is perfect for starting a passion project and earning money. Tech expert Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson shows you how.
Tokyo researchers have developed a method to create living skin for robots by using perforation anchors. Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson reveals the exciting possibilities.
Tech expert Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson talks about how to secure your accounts and monitor credit if your number is found on the dark web.
Tech expert Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson discusses how Stanford’s HumanPlus robot learns tasks by watching humans.
Hackers are skipping attempts to infiltrate Facebook accounts. Now, they're using photos, names and information to clone Facebook accounts.
Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed a robot that can drive a regular vehicle. Musashi is a humanoid robot that mimics humans.
AT&A announced a data breach that affected nearly all of the company's cellular customers, raising serious concerns about customer privacy and security.
Stay up to date on the latest AI technology advancements and learn about the challenges and opportunities AI presents now and for the future.
Dave is the world's most advanced artificial intelligence Lego robotic head from Creative Mindstorms that combines toy blocks with cutting-edge AI technology.
Security robot Athena from Kody Robots is like a superhero among surveillance robots with brains of the most advanced artificial intelligence.
Researchers found the largest password leak ever with 10 billion unique passwords. Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson discusses how this a wake-up call for everyone who uses the internet.
Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson discusses how Kodiak Robotics’ tech may transform commercial/military transport.
Stay up to date on the latest AI technology advancements and learn about the challenges and opportunities AI presents now and for the future.
Twilio confirmed to CyberGuy that hackers got access to 33 million phone numbers related to its Authy two-factor authentication service.
EOS-X Space, a Spanish company, is preparing to launch a luxury balloon capsule into near-space in 2025, allowing travelers to float to the stratosphere.
Scammers' newest frontier is real-estate — and bad actors finding targeting homeowners, buyers and sellers with their familiar dirty tricks.
Kurt “CyberGuy" Knutsson’s Prime Day guide: Top savings tips and cheap membership tricks.

How VoIP Will Affect Every Household and Business in the World

Seattle venture capitalist, Greg Gottesman, calls it "?one of the... Read More

VoIP and 911 Warning

Be leery of your VoIP phone system in case of... Read More

Take Advantage of Internet Phone Calls (VOIP)

Voice Over IP (VOIP) is a relatively new technology. Voice... Read More

Bluetooth Computer Headsets - Enjoy Wireless Freedom

Wireless Computer HeadsetsTill recently, few options were available to people... Read More

Instant Menaces or Instant Messengers?

Many vendors offering Instant Messaging (IM) services have added new... Read More

Will the Bell System Survive? A Massive Transfer of Wealth from Bell to VoIP is Underway

Will the Bell System Survive? A Massive Transfer of Wealth... Read More

VoIP - A Laymans Look - Should You Or Shouldnt You?

"As business people we manufacture shin pads, or we distribute... Read More

Alarm Systems & VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Phone Lines

An astounding and unexpected number of people are dropping their... Read More

VoIP: Finally Worth a Look

Dear Internet Friends, Hundreds of thousands of consumers collectively save... Read More

What Do You Know About VoIP?

What is VoIPVoIP is an acronym for voice over internet... Read More

The Single Most Important Thing to Know About Computer Phones (VoIP)

Over 90% of computer phones (VoIP) are not secure because... Read More

Why Over 90% of VoIP Services Are Vulnerable to Attack

John Ashcroft, Attorney General, in remarks at the High Technology... Read More

Is VoIP Good For The Home?

There is no doubt that you have heard about VoIP... Read More

Outstanding VoIP Voicemail Features Makes Getting VoIP Voicemail Extremely Convenient

There are many types of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)... Read More

Get a ?Virtual Phone Number? - Eliminate Long Distance Charges with VoIP Phone Service

There's a revolution brewing in the telephone industry. But it's... Read More

How to Never Pay a Hotel Phone Bill Again

The protocol is increasingly being adopted as the standard means... Read More

What?s Your IQ on Basic PC Phone (VoIP) Knowledge

Short T/F quiz1. T / F You can save a... Read More

Voice over Internet Protocal VoIP for Business

VoIP consists of 2 major technologies....Making Calls Over the Internet--ResidentialThis... Read More

VoIP - What is the Problem?

In the beginning, when the Internet Protocol was first designed,... Read More

Needless HIGH RISK Exposure For Business Using Computer Phones

The Facts? Computer phones (VoIP) offer the most optimal means... Read More

VoIP Overview

Since we're using computers all the time to do our... Read More

Things You Should Consider When Selecting a VoIP Provider

The following are very important factors to consider when you... Read More

Should You ,VoIP?

My friend in Florida, Samuel, called me last week and... Read More

Benefits of VoIP

You may not have considered it but there are many... Read More

Do You Text Chat (IM) Online?

IM (Instant Messaging) - man, we thought we had it... Read More

Sussex limo Chicago ..