This tip was submitted to the searchSecurity Tip Exchange by user Marsha E. Smith. Let other users know how useful it is by rating the tip below. This tip may only appeal to a small number within an organization, but it is one that can be added to a list of other password creation ideas. For those who memorize scripture verses, identifying the book, chapter and verse of a favorite scripture can be an excellent way of creating an effective password. As an example: 2Corinthians12:9 provides alphanumeric characters, variance in case and a special character. If the system has a maximum password length shorter than that, the name of the Bible book can be abbreviated to fit the limit. Use the first letters of each word in a favorite verse. By using the tip of substituting a '5' for an 'S' or a '0' for an 'o,' etc., you can introduce numeric characters. Use the '&' where 'and' is written or '@' if the word 'at' is in the verse. There are thousands of verses in the Bible -- giving a user an endless set of easy-to-remember, but hard-to-crack passwords.
This was first published in October 2001