Need tips on how to backup my keys

Brad Tilley brad at
Thu Jan 24 15:53:37 CET 2008

Tar it up and symmetrically encrypt it. Use a strong pass phrase.
Store the encrypted tar file in various places (USB, gmail, bank
safety deposit box, lawyers office, girlfriend's house, etc.) Write
the pass phrase down and keep it in your bank box.

I (personally) don't do this. I just tar up .gnupg with no symmetric
encryption. In theory, this is a bad idea.  With a good pass phrase
however, in practice, there is nothing wrong with it. The weak link is
the pass phrase, so use a good one and don't worry too much.


On Jan 24, 2008 8:38 AM, Steven Woody <narkewoody at> wrote:
> hi,
> When one day my hardisk go bad and I can not access my keys, theose
> files I encrypted for myself would never be opened for me.  I don't
> want that, then I believe I need to make a copy of my keys ( the whole
> of ~/.gnugp directory, right? ).  But where should I keep the copy?
> It gets chance exposuring to public if I put in on a USB disk.  I like
> to hear what the method you used.
> thanks.
> --
> woody
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