Essays: 1994 Archives

High-Tech Government Snooping: Anti-Crime or Orwell Revisited?

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Cincinnati Post
  • September 28, 1994

Good news! The federal government respects and is working to protect your privacy… just as long as you don’t want privacy from the government itself.

In April 1994, the Clinton administration, cleaning up old business from the Bush administration, introduced a new cryptography initiative that ensures the government’s ability to conduct electronic surveillance. The first fruit of this initiative is CLIPPER, designed to secure telephone communications.

CLIPPER is a tamper-resistant chip designed by the National Security Agency, a super-secret branch of the Department of Defense…

Virus Killers: Macworld Lab Tests Virus Software and Survives

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Macworld
  • July 1994

Macintosh users ignore computer viruses at their peril. Viruses can cause irreparable damage to the system or destroy megabytes of data. Fortunately, unlike their biological namesakes, computer viruses are relatively easy and painless to control. With a leading virus-protection software program, it takes only a few minutes a day to remain virus-free.

Macworld Lab tested four antiviral products—the freeware application Disinfectant, Central Point Software’s MacTools ($149.95), Symantec’s Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM, $99), and Virex ($99.95) from Datawatch—against every Macintosh virus known at the time of testing, 52 in all. We also looked at each product’s features and measured how fast the programs detected viruses…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.