Local file encryption

John Clizbe JPClizbe at tx.rr.com
Mon Feb 19 21:27:07 CET 2007

Adam Funk wrote:
> On 2007-02-19, John Clizbe wrote:
>> The passphrase is only one protection on your keypair and it's
>> pretty much the protection of last resort - given an easily
>> guessable/brute-forced passphrase, it's "Game-Over." if an attacker
>> gets access to the keyring files. Another protection is to
>> physically secure your keyring files (or at the minimum, the secret
>> ring) by storing it on removable media of some sort:
> Is there any reason to physically secure your *public* keyring in
> normal use?  

Convenience of having all the files together in one place and mitigating the
need to sync keys between public keyrings are only reasons that come to mind.

Outside of convenience factors, there is no real need to secure public keyrings;
that's why the keys are public.

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