Generating and storeing keys on usb pen
Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Mon Apr 23 04:51:33 CEST 2007
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John Clizbe wrote:
>> I don't want any gpg keys stored on my laptop, in case it gets
>> lost or stolen, the culprits won't have access to my gpg keys.
>> So my questions is how do i tell gpg to look for my keys on a
>> usb pen drive so i can encrypt and decrypt files on my laptop?
I have nothing to add to John's advice, which answers the question just
fine. I would recommend you think long and hard about storing the keys
on a thumb drive as opposed to your laptop, though. In all my traveling
I've never mislaid my laptop, because it's expensive and important to me
and it's too big to casually misplace.
I misplace my car keys, and the flash drive that's on them, about once a
You may want to consider whether you'd be better served by just putting
a good, strong passphrase on your secret keys. Alternately, look into
an encrypted drive. TrueCrypt works well for Windows and Linux, and
Macs have their own built-in encrypted drive scheme.
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