Security

Is SIP Trunking Safe & Reliable in the DDoS World?

Is SIP Trunking Safe & Reliable in the DDoS World?

Monday, September 20, 2021

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Since last Thursday when VoIP.ms suffered (and continues to suffer) one of the worst Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks in the VoIP era, we’ve been asked a thousand times whether any SIP trunking provider can provide a safe and reliable platform under circumstances similar to the VoIP.ms outage. We obviously cannot vouch for every trunking provider but, based upon our discussions with two of the major carriers that support Incredible PBX, we are confident that either of them could… Read More ›

Blink Cameras: The Travelin’ Man’s Dream Come True

Blink Cameras: The Travelin’ Man’s Dream Come True

Monday, July 12, 2021

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Okay, I’ll admit it. Our family has morphed into a band of traveling gypsies. We’re spreading our time between four cities and four "homes." Not many folks are that crazy, but many of you have vacation homes thanks to Covid. And one of the first things that pops up on your to-do list is how to secure your residences when you’re not at home. Yes, you can pay a monitoring service in every location a hefty monthly fee to do… Read More ›

SPAM Blocker & CNAM Cornucopia for Incredible PBX 2020

SPAM Blocker & CNAM Cornucopia for Incredible PBX 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

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If you enjoy calls from politicians and car warranty offers as much as we do, then today’s your lucky day. Blocking spam phone calls has been a challenge to put it charitably. Thanks to some earlier work by Stewart Nelson on the DSLR forum as well as Stewart’s considerable hand-holding in the development of our previous tutorials, we want to introduce a refined call screening approach to block these calls. The way it works is first time callers that are… Read More ›

A New VPN for All Seasons: Introducing OpenVPN for Asterisk

A New VPN for All Seasons: Introducing OpenVPN for Asterisk

Monday, April 15, 2019

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This month marks our twentieth anniversary wrestling with virtual private networks. Here’s a quick walk down memory lane. Our adventure began with the Altiga 3000 series VPN concentrators which we introduced in the federal courts in 1999. It was a near perfect plug-and-play hardware solution for secure communications between remote sites using less than secure Windows PCs. Cisco quickly saw the potential, gobbled up the company, and promptly doubled the price of the rebranded concentrators. About 10 years ago, we… Read More ›

Dare to Compare: The Best (free) VoIP Offerings for 2018

Dare to Compare: The Best (free) VoIP Offerings for 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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Last week we showed you how to get 10 months of free hosting for your Incredible PBX® in the Cloud. And today we present our semi-annual survey of the latest and greatest VoIP offerings for 2018. The beauty of the cloud platform is you can try all of them for less than a penny an hour and decide for yourself which free offering best meets your needs. This year we’ve ushered in new Asterisk® 13 LTS releases of Incredible PBX®… Read More ›

One Minute Wonder: Introducing VitalPBX for VirtualBox

One Minute Wonder: Introducing VitalPBX for VirtualBox

Monday, April 9, 2018

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Last week we took VitalPBX to the Cloud with our rock-solid firewall. And this week we’ll show you how to get VitalPBX up and running on any desktop computer in less than a minute using VirtualBox®. If you’ve followed Nerd Vittles over the years, you already know that VirtualBox from Oracle® is one of our favorite platforms. Almost any desktop computer can serve as a VirtualBox hosting platform. And once VirtualBox is installed, adding VitalPBX is a snap. Download the… Read More ›

VitalPBX in the Cloud: Providers, Backups, & Airtight Security

VitalPBX in the Cloud: Providers, Backups, & Airtight Security

Monday, April 2, 2018

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Last month we introduced VitalPBX, a terrific new (free) VoIP platform that’s about as intuitive as software can get. We followed up with a dozen Incredible PBX applications that really showed off the flexibility of this new Asterisk® platform. And today we’re pleased to introduce two new cloud solutions that offer our whitelist firewall design for security plus automatic backups. Both Digital Ocean and Vultr offer terrific performance coupled with a $5/month price point that is easy on your wallet.… Read More ›

Meet the New Kid on the Block: Introducing (free) VitalPBX

Meet the New Kid on the Block: Introducing (free) VitalPBX

Monday, March 19, 2018

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If you liked Ombutel, you’re going to love VitalPBX. If you’ve never heard of Ombutel but you live and breathe Asterisk®, you’re still going to love VitalPBX. For everyone else, you’re going to love VitalPBX. In addition to an impressive collection of commercial modules, this month’s release of the VitalPBX 2.0 Unified Communications Platform provides the slickest user interface in the VoIP universe. It includes new support for PJsip, DPMA and Digium phones, XMPP chat, video conferencing, WebRTC, and our… Read More ›