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It's extravagant, and doesn't provide meaningful security. How much do you pay the armed guards that stand watch over your laptop 24/7?

"Using encryption on the Internet is the equivalent of arranging an armored car to deliver credit card information from someone living in a cardboard box to someone living on a park bench." — Gene Spafford

(Hat tip to schoen: http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/rsa/)




Surely Spaf has recanted by now.


If I read this recent (post-Snowden) blog post of spaf's correctly, he hasn't: https://www.cerias.purdue.edu/site/blog/post/just_sayin/

Though he notes that his armored car quip is approaching 20 years old, dating back to the dark days of Windows 95. Perhaps the better way to think about it is: encryption is necessary but not sufficient. If the NSA has extruded its tentacles into sufficient endpoints (operating systems? firmware? antivirus software?) that's a problem that encryption won't by itself solve.

Hey, I'm channeling RMS: free software is the real solution! Unless the NSA's tentacles extend to the compiler you use to compile the free software. :)


Or, channeling Ken Thompson: Unless the tentacles extend to the compiler you use to compile the compiler you use to compile the free software.

(Lather. Rinse. Repeat.)




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