I need a portable GUI for GnuPG
Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Mon Jul 7 22:38:17 CEST 2008
> FWIW as a generaI comment because I haven't looked at the
> prog in question: Aren't on-screen keyboards and similar
> vulnerable to sniffers of video memory?
Don't know, don't care.
This entire discussion is analogous to talking about the pros and cons
of bringing a condom with you on a trip to Zimbabwe.
Your best defense against disease is to not expose yourself to disease
vectors. The instant a person says "well, it's okay to have a one-night
stand with a random person in Zimbabwe, because after all, I've got a
condom" is the instant I stand up and walk away. You see, I'm allergic
to folly and I need to find an epipen before anaphylaxis sets in.
Your best defense against malware is to not expose yourself to it. This
much is plainly obvious. The instant a person says "well, it's okay to
use a portable GnuPG on a USB token and plug it into random public
kiosks which are probably malware-infested, because after all, I'm using
anti-keylogger software" is the instant I dial 911, because I don't
think the epipen is gonna save me.
I am not opposed to portable applications. If you regularly walk around
from one trusted machine to another to another, like I do in my daily
work, then it can be handy and safe to have apps preinstalled on a
But the way some people are talking about using it ... it just unnerves
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