VIEW FROM THE PEW: Avoid using 'Jesus' as a computer password

Posted: Nov. 15, 2012 2:19 pm Updated: Dec. 14, 2012 2:32 pm

Have you ever read any of those stories about the worst choices to use for passwords for your various computer login sites?

Would-be identity thieves have cracking those codes down to science, so in most cases using simpler password choices may make them easier to remember, but with identity theft simpler can also mean more vulnerable.

The latest word to avoid using as a password is "Jesus." The website reports the word Jesus is now one of the Web's worst 25 passwords, ranking among the most frequently used and easily guessable log-in phrases. That comes from information supplied by research and investment firm SplashData.

SplashData, which releases its list annually, says this is the first year that Jesus has appeared on the list. SplashData compiles its list from files of millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.

Other newcomers to the list of worst passwords include ninja, monkey and welcome, but the worst password -- "password" -- remains unchanged.

100 millionth Bible in China

Here's some definite food for thought. There is only one company with governmental permission to print Bibles in China, which is a Communist state. And that company, Amith Printing, recently announced it had printed its 100 millionth copy.

That milestone also means China is now the biggest publisher of Bibles worldwide.

A Chinese government spokesperson said, "The Chinese government respects and protects religious freedom and will continue to support printing and publishing Bibles in China." (Insert your "cough, cough" comment right about now. China has a longstanding record of Christian persecution.)

Amity Printing began as a joint venture between the United Bible Societies and the Amity Foundation in 1988. The company currently is based in Nanjing, China, about three hours from Shanghai.


º "The Christian's Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes." -- Mark Twain

º "Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile." -- Billy Sunday.




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