rich.geddes at verizon.net
Sat Feb 27 01:55:06 CET 2010
As well as backing up your private key and password on other electronic
storage (CD/memory stick... encrypted of course), I recommend that you
print your private key, a revocation certificate, and your passphrase on
paper, and store that document in a safe place... a secure lock box, ...
a safety deposit box in a bank. I've had bad luck with CD/DVD media
going bad, and consider them an unreliable resource simply because of
Also, you may want to use Shamir's Secret Sharing Scheme to split up
your passphrase among ***trusted*** friends, so that no single friend
has the passphrase, but requires several of them to regenerate your
passphrase when you loose your passphrase. Trust, in this context,
really is about, statistically, how often someone follows the rules set
up to maintain a secure environment, and not what or who you feel good
about or admire.
Trust is only created when you set up these types of structures...
anything else is going on faith.
Tobias Holz wrote:
> Hey Folks,
> i succesfully installed gnupg on my Win7 machine. I want to use it
> with Thunderbird to encrypt personal eMails.
> Now I've got some questions:
> 1) What does happen if I lose my private key? Can I burn it to a CD/DVD?
> 2) Where can I find the key, I just got the passphrase?
> I generated the Keys with OpenPGP-Plugin for Thunderbird. I got the
> public key (something_stands_here.asc) and encryption works fine :)
> Hopefully looking forward
Gnupg-users mailing list
Gnupg-users at gnupg.org
More information about the Gnupg-users