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    Telephone, computer and privacy

    What do you mean by ‘wired for wifi’?
    VOIP probably improves your privacy v a regular copper landline (which would be trivial for someone to tap in to) and so long as the wifi network is encrypted to a reasonable standard it should be reasonably safe (at least compared to a shared ethernet network)
    Anyway if you’re worried about monitoring it’s probably going to happen further upstream so your concerns are a bit moot.

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    Thank you for your prompt response. I apologize for my delay but I had to research some terms and think about it.
    Wired for WIFI – It is my understanding that you plug your modem into a wall outlet, as you would a telephone, except the outlet is wired for WIFI (yes, wifi infrastructure in the building). My apartment building was being "wired" for WIFI and they wrapped the wires to my apartment in a small "box" (for lack of a better word) over my door because I did not want WIFI.
    Again, thank you. I have learned a lot more in my efforts to put in place a secure, private system. Apparently, some of what I had learned before was incorrect or, more likely, is dated.

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    I still don’t understand what do you mean by "wired for wifi".
    You sound like someone who does not know much about "computery stuff" but someone has given you a good scare about "privacy". There is no privacy. Learn to live with that.

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    Modem makes no difference if it’s between your phone or not.
    Cordless phones can have privacy problems if it’s the older standard (not DECT 6.0). Get DECT 6.0 for reasonable privacy.
    Wi-Fi is reasonably secure when it’s WPA2 and no less. (reasonable as in it might be vulnerable to some edge cases but it’s not likely someone can easily break it and gain access).
    "wired for wi-fi" does not make sense. Are you saying there’s already wi-fi infrastructure in the building? if they use WPA2 it could be secure enough, if anything less then it’s not secure. But you can make sure you’re using TLS as much as possible with anything "sensitive". TLS is built so that someone can monitor every byte of information in a session and still not be capable of decrypting the data and gaining access to what you sent and received.
    (Exception here with TLS though, people can monitor DNS because it’s not encrypted by default so they can monitor what sites you access, but if using TLS then they cannot monitor what you’re sending to and from those sites. People can also attempt to "strip TLS" by spoofing DNS but you should know to look for TLS for secure pages). Also look for browser warnings and heed their warnings if you see them.
    If you cannot use WPA2, then I recommend setting up a VPN, for any connection, public space or private space. You should spend some money and make sure they have a reasonable privacy policy. VPN will provide reasonable privacy with any connection (even out in the open) as long as it’s a current protocol.
    Summary: use DECT 6 (or perhaps no cordless phone at all) if you’re worried about your phone. Do not use an older type of cordless phone, they are insecure. Look for https/TLS and don’t use a site without it if someone had all the information you send and receive and could hurt you with it (ie your bank account number). Use WPA2 at minimum, if not WPA2 then use a VPN over the wifi connection wherever it may be.

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