Choosing A Strong Password For Your Business Phone System

If you have a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business phone system in your office, you need to a strong password to keep your system secure. After all, VoIP phone systems are digital systems that are connected to your company's internal network. They operate using the Internet, which makes them susceptible to hackers. So use these tips to learn how to come up with a strong password that's easy to remember.

Things to Avoid

Unfortunately, when it comes to passwords, people aren't typically creative enough. Even though you want your password to be something that's easy for you to remember, you can't use words, phrases, and numbers that are easy for other people to guess. Personal information is often easier to find than you think. Avoid using:

  • Part of your name
  • Your spouse's or kids' names
  • The name of your street
  • Your house/apartment/condo number
  • Any part of your birthday
  • A loved one's birthday
  • Part of your social security number
  • Part of your business address
  • The name of a pet, favorite sports team, beloved band, movie, or book
  • General words or numbers that are easy to guess such as "password" or "1234"

Use an Acronym

If you want a password that is easy to remember, but you can't think of a word that isn't too personal, consider creating an acronym. You can create an acronym out of pretty much anything — the first line of your favorite song, an inspirational quote, a memorable movie quote, or the title of your favorite book. For example, if your favorite quote is "All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them," your acronym would be "aoodcctiwhtctpt." If you can't think of a sentence or phrase that will be easy for you to remember, consider creating a password using the first letter of each family member's middle name or the second letter of each family member's first name." The more creative you are, the harder your password will be to crack.

Use a Combination of Letters, Numbers, and Symbols

Strong passwords are composed of numbers, symbols, uppercase letters, and lowercase letters. So once you choose a word, phrase, or acronym to use as your password, you should alter it to include symbols and numbers. To do this, simply replace a few letters with symbols or numbers that are close in appearance. For example, you could change an "A" to the "at" symbol or a "S" to a "5." Also, don't forget to include at least one uppercase letter. So if you used the word "password" as your password — which you shouldn't do — you can alter it so that it becomes "P@s5W0rD."

When you have a digital business phone system, the password you choose is extremely important. After all, your password serves as your first line of defense against hackers. So take the time to create a complex password to keep your business phone system secure. For more information about business phone systems and how to make them secure, talk with companies like Hi Country Wire And Telephone.