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Military Grade vs Consumer Grade Encryption

Bruce Schneier is very pragmatic when it comes to expressing his views on the direction that U.S. government bureaucrats are proposing to take on encryption (essentially creating backdoors for law enforcement etc). In his recent blog post he discusses The Myth of Consumer-Grade Security and expounds on the U.S. Attorney Generals view that there are differences between "military grade" vs "consumer grade" encryption. Two decades ago there were differences, but not today because "commercial devices" all use Open Source algorithms. He doesn't get in the nitty gritty details about strength of mechanism, configuration, and key management, which is what differentiates the real-world use cases, but does have this to say in conclusion: "Everyone will be more secure with stronger encryption, even if it means the bad guys get to use that encryption as well."