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Publisher's Summary

Presenting invaluable advice from the world's most famous computer security expert, this intensely readable collection features some of the most insightful and informative coverage of the strengths and weaknesses of computer security and the price people pay - figuratively and literally - when security fails. Discussing the issues surrounding things such as airplanes, passports, voting machines, ID cards, cameras, passwords, Internet banking, sporting events, computers, and castles, this book is a must-read for anyone who values security at any level - business, technical, or personal.

©2008 Bruce Schneier (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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More terrorism than anything else.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Falsely advertised as about computer security. 90% of book is about national terrorism, response to 9/11.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bruce Schneier and Ken Maxon again?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I am this close to asking for money back. Book is a collection of old essays, pre-NSA and Snowden, and almost entirely on policy level of safety against terrorism.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Good general information but a bit dated

Some concepts are still valid but for the most part many things have change and this book is a bit dated. I will explore the new book from Bruce. The narration is great.

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Please don't

What disappointed you about Schneier on Security?

Bought this based on his reputation as an expert; had never before read any of his books or articles. After listening to this I do not consider him worthy of his reputation. This is a so-called "security expert" who admittedly operates an open wifi network at his home, and who disparages 2-factor authentication as a waste of time because (paraphrasing) if you use it criminals will just find another way to break into your system. It seems Mr. Schneier is not so much a security expert as an advocate for new, unenforceable laws that will somehow give you control over any and all information pertaining to you (seriously). He is a big fan of using the law to force liability on various entities rather than actual security, as that word is understood by the rest of us. Mixed in with his advocacy for ridiculous, unenforceable and therefore ineffective new legislation are a couple observations like, security has economic implications. Duh. Definitely do not waste your money or time with this book.

What could Bruce Schneier and Ken Maxon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have it written by someone with some expertise in security. The narration was ok I guess, but the reader pronounces (and mispronounces) some of the words very robotically.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Maxon’s performances?

Probably not

What character would you cut from Schneier on Security?

Schneier.

Any additional comments?

Terrible.

17 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Waste of money

The book is a copy-paste of freely available texts from Bruce. From his blog or articles coming from magazines. All free if u search for them. So, I am paying just for the privilege to hear the free stuff? I love Bruce's texts and insights, but this was a waste of money, very disappointed.

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good and bad

poor narration on a lot of good information. info is outdated. author provides interesting perspective on security. low tech content.

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A realistic view on security

Mr. Shneier's view and advices on security, privacy, protection, control, and liberty are very realistic and practical. It is a provocative and helpful book.

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Good book for the layperson

A collection of informative essays. A different take on security issues than that which you meet in mainstream media. The essays are sorted according to topic, so it gets a bit repetitive at times.

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Broad topics...well thought out.

I found the topics well discovered and broad covering many areas of Security. It was well worth the time!

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Must listen!

Amazing book and should be a must listen for anyone. Bruce has a wonderful way of explaining things and a fantastic way to consider the world and ways for people reevaluate not only Internet Security but also everyday life security.

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Schneier at his Best

Would you listen to Schneier on Security again? Why?

Yes. It was a very compelling look at security issues in the broadest possible sense: what do we mean by being secure/insecure, how do we assess situations in those contexts such that we can increase our relative security?

Any additional comments?

This is a completely nontechnical book, and is composed of essays, columns, and articles written by the author in various publications. It's a very nice collection, compiled thematically in a way that delivers clear, concise analyses of security issues ranging in scope from airport security to cyber warfare. All the while, Schneier maintains his ability to cut through all the complexity to highlight the key relationships and focus on a high level, goal-oriented analysis. Security, Schneier says again and again, is always a trade-off. He shows us in article upon article how the way we view security in many every day situations, political debates, and even defense and police contexts is completely wrong because it lacks the fundamental perspective: that we are, each of us and all of us, security CONSUMERS who must make measured judgement about what we need protecting from and how best we can be protected. In the end, Schneier always brings it back to his most prescient question: is the security we are getting worth what we are spending or sacrificing.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful