Everyone is talking about more secure passwords. Church folks are concerned about memorizing the Bible. Why not combine the two? In this post, I’m going to show you a few samples of using the Word as a password.
How many times do you type in your password every day? I’m in IT, so I probably type my passwords quite a bit more than the average user. Every time I get up from my desk, I lock my computer. When I return, I type in my password. When I log into my admin sites, It type in my password. I probably type my passwords in over 20 times every day.
Also, to be secure, every password that you have to use should be different. If you use one for email, you should not use the same for your online bank account. If a hacker should grab one of your passwords, all is not lost if you use different ones for each site.
So, you ask “How do I come up with secure passwords?”
One way is to use a random character password generator. However, “p+DGJM}4-B!t” might be secure, but remembering that would be near impossible.
Passwords are usually scored on a number of attributes;
Length – Must meet a specific character count
Mixed case – Must contain upper and/or lower case characters
Digits – The numbers between 0 and 9
Symbols – “&, %, !, @, etc”
Ok, so how do you wrap up a Bible verse into a password?
Let’s consider Genesis 1:1 English Standard Version (ESV)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Use the beginning letter from each word, you’d have “ItbGcthate”. OK, you would have mixed case and a good length of 10 characters. If you want to throw in a symbols, change the a (for “and”) into an ampersand. “ItbGcth&te”. You can add the reference to the end as well since verse memorization should include the reference. “ItbGcth&teG11”. That password should give you high marks for length, mixed case, digits and symbols. Now each time you type that password, you’ll be quoting and committing to memory Genesis 1:1.
Let’s try Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
This would make a very long password. However, you don’t need to use the entire verse. Let’s use just the first third and append the reference. You’d end up with “A&iwbgtyM77”. A very nice password with high marks. You also know where to find the verse if you ever need it in its entirety.
You can try Revelation 3:20 on your own.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
You can even have a little fun with this. Consider the second half of 1 John 4:4…
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world
You might come up with a password like “He>world1J44”
This will work perfectly for any verse. Well, maybe not John 11:35 (“Jesus wept.”)
I hope this post will help you stay secure and in the Word!!