Don't store your key on a flash drive! [was Re: GnuPG (GPG) Problem]

Janusz A. Urbanowicz alex at
Mon Aug 21 12:30:47 CEST 2006

On Sun, Aug 20, 2006 at 09:18:13AM -0500, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> Ismael Valladolid Torres wrote:
> > A smartcard is very convenient as far as it's a multi application
> > device, so you can store much other info apart from GnuPG keys,
> > i.e. Mozilla passwords or such.
> ... I'm sorry, I'm scratching my head over here trying to figure out how
> a flash drive doesn't also share these properties.  In fact, given the
> limited space available on a smartcard, the limited application support
> for them, etc., it seems flash drives are the clear winner in this context.

You can't read a private key from the smartcard, but you can read it
from the flashdrive. SC is a crypto processor + storage, flashdrive only storage.

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