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Jimmy Kimmel gets people to give him their passwords

In another video subterfuge, the comedian shows how gullible people are about cybersecurity.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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You'll never guess what her password is. But she'll help you. Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Online life has made us blase.

We're so enamored of everything being so convenient and free that we're not too careful about someone taking advantage of that convenience and freedom.

And so it was that Jimmy Kimmel decided to test just how carefree we are about our digital security.

In one of his regular subterfuges, he sent his minions to the streets in an attempt to elicit people's passwords.

No one was going to give theirs up so easily, were they?

One woman admitted that her password was her dog's name and the year of her graduation from high school.

She thought she was clever by not immediately saying what the password was, but just a couple of subtle (not) questions, and there it was.

For another woman, it was her cat's name and a random number. Oddly, she was very happy to divulge it with little trouble. Well, this is sharing world.

When a man resisted, the interviewer suggested she just wanted to tell him whether his password was strong or not. Hey became presto.

Skeptics will wonder whether these were actors. They will also consider how many people were interviewed and how representative a sample this was. The truly cautious will remind people that this was Hollywood Boulevard, so people will tell a camera anything it wants to hear.

Still, the ease with which identity theft and hacking seems to occur suggests that many passwords just aren't that strong. Many people appear to prefer "

It's not because we're stupid, it's because we're lazy. Isn't it?