Unsuspecting L.A. residents give out their passwords to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ cameras

We need something stronger than "password123."


Greg Seals


Posted on Jan 16, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 6:10 pm CDT

Security experts like to say that there’s no such thing as true privacy.

From your bank account to your naked photos to your most embarrassing emails, a savvy hacker needs only a few keystrokes, and suddenly all your private information is online for the world to see. Sadly for Sony and the women targeted as part of Celebgate, that’s something they had to learn the hard way. For the rest of us, Jimmy Kimmel is here to help.

The intrepid late-night host sent a crew out on the streets of Los Angeles to ask strangers about cybersecurity and the strength of their passwords. Amazingly, all it took was a few simple questions for these unsuspecting victims to divulge their passwords without a second thought.  

If this video teaches us one thing, it’s that we should try to do better than that old mainstay “password123.”

H/T Business Insider | Photo via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube

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*First Published: Jan 16, 2015, 6:52 pm CST