what are the sub keys

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at kde.org
Thu Mar 24 20:59:17 CET 2011

On Wednesday 23 March 2011, Jonathan Ely wrote:
> On 23/03/2011 04:55 PM, Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> > On Tuesday 22 March 2011, Jonathan Ely wrote:
> >> Enigmail allows only 1024, 2048 and 4096. I have never heard of
> >> that, but even still I would personally choose the largest key
> >> for the time being till RSA becomes obsolete. Is there anything
> >> larger than 4096 since you mentioned values unknown to me?
> > 
> > Let's see. There's 4097, 4098 and even 4099. And then there's 4100.
> > ;-p
> > 
> > IMHO all those discussions about key sizes are really pathetic.
> > Stick with the defaults or educate yourself by reading the
> > appropriate literature instead of starting one non-sensical
> > discussion after the other on this mailing list. It should be
> > rather obvious by now that key sizes above 2048 are mostly a
> > matter of personal taste and bad judgement.
> Well excuse me for not knowing it all. I only know what Enigmail
> allows through its user interface, and bad judgement is sometimes a
> method of learning for better decision making. I have only begun
> using both GnuPG and Enigmail this month along with Thunderbird, and
> this list educated me a lot since I have been subscribed. Anything
> else you would like to point out? I apologise if I come off mean in
> any way.

Well, as I already said: Stick with the defaults unless you know exactly 
that the defaults are not good enough for you. You can trust the 
developers of GnuPG and Enigmail to have chosen sensible defaults.

Last, but not least: Have fun learning more about and playing around 
with cryptography!

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