GPF Crypto Stick vs OpenPGP Card

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Mon Dec 6 12:06:19 CET 2010

Am Freitag 03 Dezember 2010 14:55:34 schrieb Marcio B. Jr.:

> I've never used those external devices, and my private keys have
> always been one place only located, a computer.
> That situation is a sort of "trade-off" for it keeps the referred keys
> more protected/restricted whereas it gives me little chance of using
> them in other hosts, easily.
> So, I guess one of the ideas behind making use of those devices would
> be the facility of taking all of my keyrings ("secring.gpg" for
> example) with me everywhere, is it correct? If so, by doing that,
> weren't we losing the whole point?

As you said: ONE of the ideas. The other one is to ptotect the keys (though 
not completely their usage) on your more protected system. As "more protected" 
is still a serious risk in typical environments. Using secret keys on other 
systems is the more serious argument but even for keys on a single host we are 
not missing the point.

PGP: D44C 6A5B 71B0 427C CED3 025C BD7D 6D27 ECCB 5814
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