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    The more we expect technology to protect us from people in the same way it protects us from nature, the more we will sacrifice the very values of our society in futile attempts to achieve this security.
    — Bruce Schneier
    Surveillance is the business model of the Internet.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: internet  business 
     
    The question to ask when you look at security is not whether this makes us safer, but whether it's worth the trade-off.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: questions  worth 
     
    Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: human  respect  right  dignity 
     
    Surveillance of power is one of the most important ways to ensure that power does not abuse its status. But, of course, power does not like to be watched.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: power  abuse 
     
    It is insufficient to protect ourselves with laws; we need to protect ourselves with mathematics.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: mathematics 
     
    Security is a process, not a product.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: process 
     
    The whole notion of passwords is based on an oxymoron. The idea is to have a random string that is easy to remember. Unfortunately, if it's easy to remember, it's something nonrandom like 'Susan.' And if it's random, like 'r7U2*Qnp,' then it's not easy to remember.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: ideas 
     
    Think of your existing power as the exponent in an equation that determines the value of information. The more power you have, the more additional power you derive from the new data.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: power  value 
     
    Anyone, from the most clueless amateur to the best cryptographer, can create an algorithm that he himself can't break.
    — Bruce Schneier
    There are two kinds of cryptography in this world: cryptography that will stop your kid sister from reading your files, and cryptography that will stop major governments from reading your files.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: government  reading  kids 
     
    Don't make the mistake of thinking you're Facebook's customer, you're not " you're the product,
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: mistakes  thinking 
     
    If someone steals your password, you can change it. But if someone steals your thumbprint, you can't get a new thumb. The failure modes are very different.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: failure 
     
    If you ask amateurs to act as front-line security personnel, you shouldn't be surprised when you get amateur security.
    — Bruce Schneier
    History has taught us: never underestimate the amount of money, time, and effort someone will expend to thwart a security system. It's always better to assume the worst. Assume your adversaries are better than they are. Assume science and technology will soon be able to do things they cannot yet. Give yourself a margin for error. Give yourself more security than you need today. When the unexpected happens, you'll be glad you did.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: time  technology  money 
     
    People often represent the weakest link in the security chain and are chronically responsible for the failure of security systems.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: failure  people 
     
    Hardware is easy to protect: lock it in a room, chain it to a desk, or buy a spare. Information poses more of a problem. It can exist in more than one place; be transported halfway across the planet in seconds; and be stolen without your knowledge.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: problem 
     
    I am regularly asked what the average Internet user can do to ensure his security. My first answer is usually 'Nothing; you're screwed'.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: internet 
     
    More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows you how good we are at evaluating risk.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: people  risk  year 
     
    The mantra of any good security engineer is: 'Security is a not a product, but a process.' It's more than designing strong cryptography into a system; it's designing the entire system such that all security measures, including cryptography, work together.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: work  process  strong 
     
    Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: people 
     
    If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology.
    — Bruce Schneier
    Why is it that we all - myself included - believe these stories? Why are we so quick to assume that the TSA is a bunch of jack-booted thugs, officious and arbitrary and drunk with power? It's because everything seems so arbitrary, because there's no accountability or transparency in the DHS.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: believe 
     
    Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: liberty 
     
    Secret courts making secret rulings on secret laws, and companies flagrantly lying to consumers about the insecurity of their products and services, undermine the very foundations of our society.
    — Bruce Schneier
    Metadata equals surveillance; it's that simple.
    — Bruce Schneier
    People don't understand computers. Computers are magical boxes that do things. People believe what computers tell them.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: people  believe  computer 
     
    It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: poor  technology 
     
    There are two types of encryption: one that will prevent your sister from reading your diary and one that will prevent your government.
    — Bruce Schneier
    If the FBI parks a van bristling with cameras outside your house, you are justified in closing your blinds.
    — Bruce Schneier
    Terrorists can only take my life. Only my government can take my freedom.
    — Bruce Schneier
    A colleague once told me that the world was full of bad security systems designed by people who read Applied Cryptography
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: people  world  bad  read 
     
    Buy American Doesn't Sell Well Anymore Because It Means Give A Copy To The NSA
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: sell  american 
     
    Terrorism is a crime against the mind. We win by refusing fear.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: crimes  fear  terrorism  mind 
     
    Trying to make bits uncopyable is like trying to make water not wet. The sooner people accept this, and build business models that take this into account, the sooner people will start making money again.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: people  water  business  money 
     
    Corporate and government surveillance aren't separate; they're an alliance of interests.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: government 
     
    The very definition of news is something that hardly ever happens. If an incident is in the news, we shouldn't worry about it. It's when something is so common that its no longer news - car crashes, domestic violence - that we should worry.
    — Bruce Schneier
    It's frustrating; terrorism is rare and largely ineffectual, yet we regularly magnify the effects of both their successes and failures by terrorizing ourselves.
    — Bruce Schneier
    No one can duplicate the confidence that RSA offers after 20 years of cryptanalytic review.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: confidence  year 
     
    The user's going to pick dancing pigs over security every time.
    — Bruce Schneier
    tags: time 
     
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