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Cybersecurity Week 2022

The internet is wild, strange, and full of scams. Here’s how you can protect yourself.

The biggest vulnerability is always the human element.

It’s a truism in the security world, but we rarely dwell on what it means. You can patch a software flaw completely, but there’s no perfect fix for an accounts payable clerk who approves a phony invoice or an executive who falls for a spear-phishing attack. Human beings are complex, and keeping them safe is even more complex. It’s the hardest problem in security — in a sense, it’s the only problem.

So for the next two weeks, we’re taking a look at some cybersecurity stories with the human element at the center, like scammers dangling bogus job offers. These difficult situations are at the heart of the simpler cybersecurity problems we tackle every day, like how to keep your device secure and your messages private. But seen from this angle, we can see how maddening they really are.

Two cartoon figures stand on either side of a globe-shaped cage, which contains a jumble of cartoon icons including a caution sign and an oversized padlock.

How to rescue your hacked account: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and more

Sean Captain

The cruel temptation of the job offer scam

Nicole Froio

How to reset your Apple ID password

Mitchell Clark

How to password-protect your PDFs

Barbara Krasnoff

The black market for blue checks

Shubham Agarwal

Vergecast: Short passwords, baby cybersecurity, and choosing a VPN

David Pierce

Never pay the ransom — a cybersecurity CEO explains why

Nilay Patel