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

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

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

Bruce Schneier

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

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.

Bruce Schneier

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.

Bruce Schneier

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

Bruce Schneier

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

Bruce Schneier

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

Bruce Schneier

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

Bruce Schneier