Protect Your Macintosh Copies Available

In 1994, I published my second book, Protect Your Macintosh. You've probably never heard of it; it died a quiet and lonely death.

Going through some boxes, I found a dozen copies of the book: first and, I think, only printing. I'm willing to send one to anyone who wants one for $5 postage. (That's in the U.S. If you're elsewhere, we'll figure out postage.) Please let me know via e-mail if you're interested.

And I can assure you that, fourteen years later, there's absolutely nothing of practical value in the book. This offer should only interest collectors. And even them, not that much.

I also have seven copies of my third book, E-Mail Security, from 1995, which also has nothing in it of any practical value anymore. Again, $5 for postage.

EDITED TO ADD (5/3): Sold out; sorry.

Posted on May 2, 2008 at 11:12 AM • 30 Comments


Clive RobinsonMay 2, 2008 11:32 AM

Are you going to sign them before you send them?

Signed first editions tend to be worth more especialy with a dedication ;)

EamMay 2, 2008 11:33 AM

Not really interested in impractical books, but I'll gladly send over $5 if you mail me your ponytail.

fracaiMay 2, 2008 11:46 AM

No, No, No.
You're not going to trap me this time Schneier!
I know a 419 scam when I see one!

initrdMay 2, 2008 12:06 PM

Although I'm _not_ from the US, I am a big fan, nevertheless. I'd love to have a copy of Email Security, awesome if you could autograph it too :)

HarryMay 2, 2008 12:11 PM

@Clive wrote "Signed first editions tend to be worth more especialy with a dedication"

FWIW, a first edition signed only with author's name is worth more than one with a dedication and author's name.

Mark Mc.May 2, 2008 12:13 PM

Thanks, but I've already got a copy of "E-Mail Security" on the shelf. So you're saying it's time to retire it?

Thomas hahnMay 2, 2008 12:24 PM

I'd love copies of both. Put them next to my copies of Applied Cryptography and Beyond fear.

Signing would be awesome, too.

Miguel AlmeidaMay 2, 2008 1:12 PM

They may not be much useful nor valuable these days, but still have an historical value. I mean, 14 years old in this business is ancient history, isn't it? : ) My suggestion is that you make a couple of PDFs from your sources, upload them to your site and broadcast it so we can all have our copies! I mean, if I was to send you those 5 bucks you ask, I'm sure the package would hit the customs here in Lisbon and I would still had to pay a lot of money to get them home... You know... one's got to be careful with those wicked things from the States.... ; ) Cheers! -- Miguel

Kevin BlanchardMay 2, 2008 3:24 PM

If there is still a copy of "Protect your Mac" I would love a copy. What do I need to do to get you the $5 and find out if you have a copy? Would you mind signing it too?


JamesMay 2, 2008 3:44 PM

I may be too late, but I would love to have a copy of this book. Just let me know if I am too late, or what I need to do to get one.

Rich WilsonMay 2, 2008 3:58 PM

Have you ever thought of offering autographed copies of any of your books for a premium price to be donated to the EFF? Or would that be more work than it's worth?

Bruce SchneierMay 2, 2008 5:23 PM

"Have you ever thought of offering autographed copies of any of your books for a premium price to be donated to the EFF? Or would that be more work than it's worth?"

Now that's a good idea. I just didn't think about it. I have some first editions of Applied Cryptography that I want to give away next. I'll do that. Thanks.

BrettMay 2, 2008 5:52 PM

If there's a copy of Email Security left, I'd love to buy an autographed copy.


Adam C May 2, 2008 8:16 PM

I'll take a copy of each. Applied Cryptography (signed, please!) also whenever you're ready. Email sent.

Island guyMay 3, 2008 8:55 AM

"That's in the U.S. If you're elsewhere, we'll figure out postage."

I'm living in the "elsewhere" (Hong Kong), what'd be the postage?

Or the books were already sold-out?

bradfordMay 3, 2008 9:13 PM

I'd like "Protect Your Macintosh". I'll throw in a MacPlus if you sign it (the book, not the mac).
Or if you'd rather not have a MacPlus, maybe an extra contribution at the parade instead?

WooMay 4, 2008 5:06 PM

Too bad that you're sold out already.
Any chance that you'll publish the books as pdf? (or are they already available somewhere I didn't look yet?)

Bryan GeraghtyMay 5, 2008 2:40 PM

Hey Bruce,

I sent an email about this on 5/2 but I didn't get a response. I was just curious if I made the list. Thanks!


ThuktunMay 7, 2008 5:43 PM

Amazingly, they appear to be available for purchase on eBay and

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