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A collection of quotes by Bruce Schneier on courage, security, terrorism, encroachment, computers, liberty, privacy, individuality and surveillance.

42 Great Quotes By Bruce Schneier That You Can’t Afford To Miss

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Famous As: Cryptographer, Mathematician, Computer scientist

Born On: January 15, 1963

Born In: New York City

Bruce Schneier is a renowned American cryptographer and computer security professional. He is also known a prolific author. He is known to be the best person to answer every query about security and has earned a pseudonym as ‘Security Guru’. he did masters in computer science and soon started raising his intellect on network security and published various books. His first best-seller was the ‘Applied Cryptography’ where he explained the science behind secret codes. This book was well-appreciated as it was very informative for both aspiring cryptographers and the masses. His next book ‘Secrets and Lies’ on network and security was termed as a jewel box filled with useful surprises. Apart from books, he also publishes a free monthly newsletter called ‘Crypto-Gram’. He discusses the latest trends in the security world in this newsletter. Every word of wisdom that he expresses through his writings, books, interviews, newsletters and blog has a large readership. Go through the thoughts and quotes by the well-known cryptographer which reflects his immense intellect on technology and computer security. Here are few thoughts and quotations by Bruce Schneier on technology, internet, Google, espionage, dystopia, freedom and observation.
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Cryptography products may be declared illegal, but the information will never be

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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.

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Surveillance is the business model of the Internet.

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The question to ask when you look at security is not whether this makes us safer, but whether it's worth the trade-off.

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Security is a process, not a product.

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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.

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It is insufficient to protect ourselves with laws; we need to protect ourselves with mathematics.

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Anyone, from the most clueless amateur to the best cryptographer, can create an algorithm that he himself can't break.

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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.

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Don't make the mistake of thinking you're Facebook's customer, you're not – you're the product,

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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.

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People often represent the weakest link in the security chain and are chronically responsible for the failure of security systems.

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More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows you how good we are at evaluating risk.

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Amateurs hack systems, professionals hack people.

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It's frustrating; terrorism is rare and largely ineffectual, yet we regularly magnify the effects of both their successes and failures by terrorizing ourselves.

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The user's going to pick dancing pigs over security every time.

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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.

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You can't defend. You can't prevent. The only thing you can do is detect and respond.

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There's an entire flight simulator hidden in every copy of Microsoft Excel 97.

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People don't understand computers. Computers are magical boxes that do things. People believe what computers tell them.

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I am regularly asked what the average Internet user can do to ensure his security. My first answer is usually 'Nothing; you're screwed'.

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No one can duplicate the confidence that RSA offers after 20 years of cryptanalytic review.

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It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.

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There are two types of encryption: one that will prevent your sister from reading your diary and one that will prevent your government.

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If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology.

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Despite fearful rhetoric to the contrary, terrorism is not a transcendent threat. A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy our country's way of life; it's only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage.

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When a big company lays you off, they often give you a year's salary to 'go pursue a dream.' If you're stupid, you panic and get another job. If you're smart, you take the money and use the time to figure out what you want to do next.

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Air travel survived decades of terrorism, including attacks which resulted in the deaths of everyone on the plane. It survived 9/11. It'll survive the next successful attack. The only real worry is that we'll scare ourselves into making air travel so onerous that we won't fly anymore.

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When people are scared, they need something done that will make them feel safe, even if it doesn't truly make them safer. Politicians naturally want to do something in response to crisis, even if that something doesn't make any sense. But unfortunately for politicians, the security measures that work are largely invisible.

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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.

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For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that-either now or in the uncertain future-patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.

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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.

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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.

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Terrorism isn't a crime against people or property. It's a crime against our minds, using the death of innocents and destruction of property to make us fearful. Terrorists use the media to magnify their actions and further spread fear. And when we react out of fear, when we change our policy to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed -- even if their attacks fail. But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we're indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail -- even if their attacks succeed.

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Data is the pollution problem of the information age, and protecting privacy is the environmental challenge.

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We kill people based on metadata.

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Surveillance makes us feel like prey, just as it makes the surveillors act like predators.

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The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act. And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want [...] Our politicians help the terrorists every time they use fear as a campaign tactic. The press helps every time it writes scare stories about the plot and the threat. And if we're terrified, and we share that fear, we help.

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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.

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It doesn’t matter how big your neocortex is or how abstractly you can reason: unless you can trust others, your species will forever remain stuck in the Stone Age.

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Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.

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One of the most surreal aspects of the NSA stories based on the Snowden documents is how they made even the most paranoid conspiracy theorists seem like paragons of reason and common sense.

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