Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Ironman and Wonder Woman among the top passwords used by people in 2021

The use of a strong password is essential for any online user, since this is the key that will safeguard all their information stored through any social platform. Some cybersecurity experts like allegories, mentioning that a password should be as strong as a superhero, although it seems that some users take these claims as literally as possible.

A report by Have I Been Pwned ensures that, during 2021, the use of the names of characters from comics, science fiction, fantasy and other genres of entertainment has increased incredibly, something that makes it easier for users to memorize their security keys but can also be useful for threat actors trying to access an online account.

According to the platform dedicated to collecting data on security breaches, terms such as “Superman”, “Batman”, “Ironman”, “Spiderman” and “Wonder Woman” are among the most exposed security keys in data breach incidents, with other well-known characters from the world of comics occupying prominent places in information leaks.

SOURCE: Have I Been Pwned

Another curious fact is that users not only resort to the use of superhero names, but also use the names of the true identity of their favorite characters, setting passwords such as “Clark Kent”, “Bruce Wayne” or “Peter Parker”.

SOURCE: Have I Been Pwned

Internet security threats are a constant, and more so if users resort to a password as weak as “Superman”. Fortunately, there are some methods to mitigate online security risks such as the new features of Firefox for Android, which allow you to create strong passwords and store them securely without having to memorize complex sequences of characters.

This feature was launched with the latest version of the mobile browser and features useful features such as:

  • Creation of a new strong password for your online accounts, which can be saved in the browser and used on any device
  • Secure password autofill function to log in to Facebook, Instagram and any other platform without opening a web page
  • Registration of biometric data such as fingerprint or facial recognition as a multi-factor authentication method

These new features could prove very useful for Firefox for Android users, although users should remember that these mechanisms will not be compatible with the use of VPN on mobile.

To learn more about information security risks, malware variants, vulnerabilities and information technologies, feel free to access the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) websites.