Nine ways not to
share a password

TV’s most embarrassing #PasswordConfessions

On Twitter, Intel Security asked people to share a #PasswordConfession — when you share the funny, sad, or embarrassing story behind a retired password — in exchange for a free year of the True Key™ App by Intel Security. They are often hilarious, and mostly harmless.

But not every password gets revealed with a playful confession, or by a hacker in a ski mask. Some people have the unfortunate luck to accidentally broadcast their password on live TV.

Sure, it’s not the end of the world; you can always change the password. But it’s not the most secure way to run an office, and definitely not a best practice.

Here, we collect them. Enjoy.

1. UK weather emergency office

What’s that in the corner of the picture? This well-meaning emergency planner is going to give the IT department a panic.

Source: Graham Cluley

2. Super Bowl XLVIII

This “secret, first-of-its-kind” security team set a world speed record for changing their passwords after airing them during… the Super Bowl

Source: ZDNet

3. Brazil 2014 World Cup

The eagle eye award goes to Twitter user @apbarros for this find. In the background of the pic, you can read the SSID “WORLD CUP” and password “b5a2112014”, a modified “Brazil 2014.”

5. French network TV5Monde

The biting irony of this unwitting #passwordconfession is that TV5Monde had just been severely hacked, losing control of their TV broadcasts to hackers. Which is why they’re being interviewed on TV. How strong was the password? The account’s displayed password is “lemotdepassedeyoutube,” which translates in English to “the password of YouTube.”

Source: arstechnica

6. TV5 Monde — Part Deux!

Maybe a glutton for punishment, the same network, TV5 Monde, Returns to the scene of the crime. Sharing passwords again, during coverage of the same hack!

Source: @pent0thal


Baseball? Check. Cameras? Check. Passwords on national TV? Check.

Source: Sophos

8. Polish TV fails to cover password.

We don’t speak Polish, but Google Translate does. Hasło = password

Source: Sophos

9. Jimmy Kimmel

In this hilarious, but almost shocking segment about “cybersecurity,” this reporter gets multiple people to say their passwords. On TV. Willingly!

10. The Lesson?

Writing your passwords is never a good idea. Even Ellen knows that.

Tell an interesting story behind one of your retired passwords with #passwordconfession, and get a year of password bliss, free, courtesy of the True Key app by Intel Security.

Click the button to make your confession.