key length

steve steve at
Wed Jun 25 22:13:04 CEST 2014

Hi all,
we (GPGTools) had a brief meetup with Nico (he’s contributing to Enigmail) today. He suggested raising the key length default to 4096bit. The idea came via a suggestion from Rüdiger Weiß on the 30C3 congress (
We just changed the key length default to 4096bit for new keys created with GPG Keychain Access on OS X.
We are planning to adjust this default in MacGPG2 for the next stable release.
Are there any objections to this? Any drawbacks we didn’t think of?
Best regards, Steve
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