John Oliver and Edward Snowden create an unguessable email password: "Margaret Thatcher is 100% Sexy"

The NSA whistleblower helps John Oliver pick a goofy password that's too complex to brute force

By Colin Gorenstein
April 10, 2015 12:06AM (UTC)
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(Last Week Tonight with John Oliver)

"Last Week Tonight" has uploaded a brand new clip from John Oliver's exclusive interview with Edward Snowden. After the first clip featuring Snowden's "dick pic" warning made such big waves on the Internet -- what with the emergence of DickPics4Freedom and CanTheySeeMyDick.com -- it just made sense to give the people more.

In the newly uploaded clip, Snowden helps Oliver pick out the world's most secure password. His security advice is three-fold: 1) "Shift your thinking from passwords to pass-phrases"; 2) "Think about a common phrase for you that's too long to brute force"; 3) "Make [it] unlikely to be in the dictionary."

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Snowden, it turns out, is a big fan of the password: "admiralalonzopenis420YOLO."

Watch the clip below.


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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