Are superheroes out of date? Not really, according to the Mozilla Foundation, the publisher of the Firefox browser, according to which passwords based on famous superheroes appear more and more frequently in data sets related to data breaches. Using data from the haveibeenpwned.com platform to determine the most common passwords in hacked data sets, the foundation shed light on the appeal of the most famous pantyhose heroes to Internet users from the pantheon of publishers such as Marvel or DC Comics.
Thus, Superman appears in 368,397 violations, Batman in 226,327 violations and Spider-Man in 160,030 violations. Wolverine and Iron Man were also accounted for in thousands of violations, says the Mozilla Foundation.
“A password is like the key to your house. In the online world, your password ensures the security of your personal information, so it is important to make sure it is strong, ”recalls a Mozilla spokesperson. This blog follows another Mozilla report on the popularity of Disney Princess passwords, especially for users of the Disney + streaming service.
Microsoft advocates passwordless authentication
Due to the prevalence of hacked account data on the dark web, several companies are starting to turn to passwordless systems. Last month, Microsoft extended its passwordless sign-in option for corporate customers using Azure Active Directory (AAD) to Microsoft consumer accounts on Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs.
According to Vasu Jakkal, vice president of Microsoft’s Security, Compliance, Identity and Management division, 100% of the US giant’s employees no longer use traditional passwords.
“We use Windows Hello and biometrics. Microsoft already has 200 million passwordless customers among the general public and the company, says the official. “We will go completely without passwords for Microsoft accounts. Therefore, you will no longer need a password ”, explains the latter, while Windows 11, the new distribution of the American giant, is launched this week. Note that other services have opted for two or more factor authentication to avoid the use of passwords.