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6) You Might Like ooVoo Better than Skype?

As we’ve mentioned previously, Vsee generally gets great marks for security. But some have trouble working with its one-on-one focus. (It doesn’t really seem to be designed as a bridge for groups, but rather as a one-on-one solution.) By contrast, you might really like ooVoo.com. You can host up to 12 people at a time on a video conference, all for free. Skype would charge a subscription for such a thing. Which video conferencing software is your own favorite?

http://www.oovoo.com

http://www.vsee.com

3) Global Prayercast uses Talkshoe for Free Phone Conference

When the Global Prayercast launched on April 15, technical organizers chose Talkshoe for their system of choice as a channel for prayer leaders to hear cues from directors.

http://www.talkshoe.com

Shane, the lead tech on the project, chose Talkshoe because of its simplicity, its capacity to hold up to 250 callers, and its price (or lack thereof). Talkshoe’s basic service is free, but there’s a premium service called “TalkShoe Live! Pro” that adds quite a few bells and whistles. Apparently, the company is hoping to make its money off of upgraders, because they seemingly promise in their privacy policy not to sell customers’ personal information. Either way, if cost is a factor, it might be worth a look.

9) Cool Tools: The Best Voice-over-Internet Telephony Solution?

The one we all use is, of course.

http://www.skype.com

 

It’s essentially free, good quality, easy to grasp. You can put money on account then call into the local grid. And they continue to innovate. (Of course, they were purchased not long ago by Microsoft, so who knows where they’ll go in the future.) You can pay a premium fee ($15 per month?) for conference-calling over the Internet (up to 10 or 15 people). But there are other solutions. We have recommended, in the past

http://www.oovoo.com (essentially a knock-off of Skype)

Haven’t heard much from them lately. There are other such companies. What’s your favorite? MagicJack? Vonage? What was that one that we highlighted in Brigada a while back that MAF recommended? PC-see or something like that? Please use the comment boxes below to tell your own favorite and why.

8) Skip Skype?

We continue to follow the stories about the alleged compromise of Skype as a secure means of communication. See, for example,

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/02/surveillance-of-skyp.html

Note that if one were to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to log onto Skype in the USA, one might theoretically be able to assume a greater degree of privacy since it is presumably only the *overseas* Skype nodes that are compromised (through the sale of Skype technology to overseas governments). By logging onto Skype via USA nodes, we would bypass monitoring equipment totally. Your thoughts? Just click “Comment” below. (Thanks for your input on this Bill!)

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