Storing secrets on other people's computers

Jerome Baum jerome at
Thu May 5 05:34:03 CEST 2011

On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 04:24, M.R. <makrober at> wrote:

> On 03/05/11 15:50, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> Once these two extremely straightforward principles are observed,
> it is perfectly OK to give the files containing your secrets to
> someone/anyone else for safekeeping,

"perfectly OK" is quite an extreme thing to say, isn't it? Say you encrypted
the file with a cipher that is broken tomorrow (i.e. it becomes
computationally feasible to determine the plain-text given only the
cipher-text), then would you rather have someone else in possession of the
cipher-text, when you could opt not to?

Of course, that would prevent you from using any SaaS provider. There are
always trade-offs, and that's all I'm saying.

Jerome Baum

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