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Topic # 101094 24-Apr-2012 14:19 Send private message

Are there any VOIP providers that provide $ limits with their plans.  I've done a bit of reading on asterisk security, and it seems that monthly exploits are published, and the final defence should be a $ limit to prevent loss of too many $$.

2talk has I think one in that if you don't choose to auto topup ( and who would ), your losses are limited to whatever credit you have with them.

I don't know if WXC has one though I did ask once about toll blocking on a VFX phone, and I was advised that it costs $10/month extra as they lose the toll income. 

Ward Mundy on the PIAF forum keeps recommending the DLink wbr-2310 as a cheap firewall as well so if I can not get a $ limit I will be looking at hardware firewalls.

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  Reply # 614337 24-Apr-2012 14:27 Send private message

2Talk limits top up over time even with auto top up.




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  Reply # 614341 24-Apr-2012 14:33 Send private message

That sounds useful.  I think Maverick might have said they have fraud detection implemented but can't recall if that were for open vfx.

I've got a fusion plan with a Cisco IP phone.  I guess if the phone were not locked down, all I would need to do is change the dial plan to prevent overseas calls, and then password protect it?

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  Reply # 614348 24-Apr-2012 14:49 Send private message

There is a credit limit on accounts which you can have adjusted lower if worried, Cisco phones don't have the ability to act as a SIP server , but you would want to make sure that there is no external web access :),

We may also be looking at options to exclude international from OpenVfX accounts by defaults unless specifically wanted




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  Reply # 614352 24-Apr-2012 14:50 Send private message

maverick: There is a credit limit on accounts which you can have adjusted lower if worried, Cisco phones don't have the ability to act as a SIP server , but you would want to make sure that there is no external web access :),

We may also be looking at options to exclude international from OpenVfX accounts by defaults unless specifically wanted


Can you do this on the web portal?

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  Reply # 614353 24-Apr-2012 14:51 Send private message

No not at this stage, ring customer care if you want to lower your credit limit




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  Reply # 614354 24-Apr-2012 14:52 Send private message

What about just password protection for making overseas calls?

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  Reply # 614461 24-Apr-2012 17:16 Send private message

With 2talk you have got the options of password protecting all calls, toll calls (excluding local calls), NZ mobile and overseas calls, overseas calls, overseas calls except Australia and expensive overseas destinations. You are right though if you are not on auto topup you can choose how much to top up by to make chargeable calls. So literally you actually choose your own $ limit and when that runs out so does making chargeable calls until you top up again.

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  Reply # 614465 24-Apr-2012 17:18 Send private message

You can also set call recording and have them email to your phone. So it really won't take much to notice there's call activity.





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  Reply # 614482 24-Apr-2012 17:59 Send private message

Even office photocopiers have passcodes on them to track usage ...so it would be nice if all ISPs providing VOIP services could do the same.

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  Reply # 614488 24-Apr-2012 18:18 Send private message

gchiu: Even office photocopiers have passcodes on them to track usage ...so it would be nice if all ISPs providing VOIP services could do the same.


pffft.... what we really want is just to make calling free globally and the problems just go way.






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