Extra key best solution for very insecure locations?

vedaal at hush.com vedaal at hush.com
Mon May 7 18:15:31 CEST 2007

Jim Berland berland at gmail.com wrote on
Mon May 7 10:27:55 CEST 2007

>I'm trying to find the best solution for using GPG 
>on a USB drive while travelling.

>insecure computers...

>heavily infected Windows PCs
>in internet cafes.

there is a simple and relatively secure solution:

[1] carry a small inexpensive laptop, 
but do not use it for internet,
use it only to encrypt/decrypt/sign

(a toshiba libretto is ideal,
as it is the about the size of a videocassette,
but (afaik) has been discontinued for non-Japanese markets)

[2] transfer the encrypted material to the usb
and e-mail it on the internet cafe computer,
and transfer any encrypted replies back to the usb

[3] use good anti-virus and anti-spyware programs 
to check your usb when you re-attach it to the laptop,

( i would recommend an inexpensive small usb (128 megs)
kept wiped of all files,
and used only for such transfers,

it makes it easier to detect if 
'anything extra' is put on the usb by the host computer)


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