Jimmy Kimmel helps prove that people can't be trusted with their own digital security
Passwords are only as good as the people who use them -- and if the last week has proven anything, it's that many people shouldn't be trusted to control their own digital security.
It started when Jimmy Kimmel convinced people off the street to reveal their passwords on national television. These people somehow believed that sharing this information on camera wouldn't cause any problems, as if passwords aren't the keys to every aspect of their lives.
The segment did, however, afford the opportunity to confirm just how terrible many of these passwords are, as if that needed further proving. One woman used her dog's name and the year she graduated high school -- two facts she shared with Kimmel's crew -- and others were worse.
This shouldn't come as a surprise. The list of the most common passwords of 2014 was released earlier this week, and it contains new entrants like "batman" and "superman" in addition to old favorites like "password," "123456," and "qwerty," among other sequences of basic characters.
All of which goes to show that the increasing number of data breaches at large retailers, the threat posed by using biometric information to unlock a device, and more sophisticated efforts to compromise online accounts aren't the only threats to most people's information security.
Nope. It's their own willingness to reveal something which should absolutely be kept secret, particularly to someone holding a camera and harassing them on the streets of Los Angeles. It's the continued belief that there's nothing wrong with using the same shitty passwords people have used for years.
The weakest link in anyone's digital security is the human in charge of managing all the passwords, biometric data, and other login tools. And as this week has shown, that means so many people might as well just offer up access to their accounts to whomever wants it.