Bishop preaches spiritual security

The Bishop of Rochester has come up with a novel system of computer security which is literally based on the bible.

Of course, this is nothing new. Apple has been using faith based security for years. But the Right Reverend James Langstaff is urging Christians to use Bible quotations and references to help them remember passwords for private accounts and websites.

Langstaff thinks they should remember John1v1 which says: “In the beginning was the password, and the password was with God, and the password was before God.”

Obviously, finding the right password is what the Good Book is all about, Langstaff said, according to Kent News. He said that the Bible offers a life-long source of new passwords that can include both upper and lower case letters and numbers to help create memorable, secure passwords.

What you have to do is choose a favourite Bible passage and memorise the book, chapter and verse numbers. You then need to take the first letter from each word in the quote and then add the book of the Bible, chapter and verse at the end.

This will give upper and lower case letters with numbers. For example, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke Chapter 23 Verse 46. The password created would be FiyhIcmsL23V46.

Or, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” John Chapter 12 Verse 13. The password created would be BihwcitnotLJ12V13 which is a little better than mywifemaidenname.

We tried it with “Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab” and ended up with WmbsslanhfmIs16v11, and while it does create a pretty hard password, it is equally as hard to remember as anything else.

But the Bishop added: “This is an easy way for school pupils and adults alike to remember new passwords and passages from the Bible at the same time. I like to think it’s a bit of fun with a life-long learning element.”

Clearly he assumes that your average school kid knows their bible from their elbow. We guess that the idea came about because he is used to quoting bible verses and knows the Good Book backwards. We don’t mean that of literally course. Reading the bible backwards is the sign of a good satanist, and would mean that they would have even tougher passwords to work out.

According to Graham Cluley at security company Sophos, using the Bible as a source is “not the best idea.”  

“People who know you are likely to know if you’re an active Christian, and may even be able to guess some of the most popular quotes from the Bible,” he said. “You can also imagine that if this technique became popular, hackers would simply create a database of likely quotes to run against an account.”

Cluley says it’s important to use different passwords for different sites, which would make it harder to remember a lot of passwords. “As a result, password management software which both generates and stores securely passwords for you is probably the best option,” he said.