Storing secrets on other people's computers

Anthony Papillion papillion at
Fri May 6 00:45:18 CEST 2011

Does having possession of your secret key really make you less secure?
I mean the whole purpose of a passphrase is because you assume your
secret key is *not* safe simply being unprotected in your possession.
Law enforcement, hackers, even friends could *easily* get physical
access to your key so it's the passphrase that's of value.

I've actually thought about posting my key to Bittorrent in case I
ever lost it. It's economical and just as secure as sitting on my pc.
As long as you have a good passphrase, having physical possession of
your key gives an attacker no real advantage.


On 5/5/11, Jerome Baum <jerome at> wrote:
> On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 15:15, Daniel Kahn Gillmor
> <dkg at>wrote:
>> PS If Robert follows through on this, he certainly wouldn't be the only
>> person to publish his secret key.  Search for "BEGIN PGP PRIVATE KEY
>> BLOCK" in your favorite search engine.
> I do wonder how many of those are to make past signatures deniable, and how
> many can be accounted to "I feel that my pass-phrase is safe".
> For the latter, I don't get it -- it's not like keeping the key secret takes
> a lot of effort -- but it does decrease your security ever so slightly.
> Besides proving a point, why would you publish?
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> PGP: A0E4 B2D4 94E6 20EE 85BA E45B 63E4 2BD8 C58C 753A
> PGP: 2C23 EBFF DF1A 840D 2351 F5F5 F25B A03F 2152 36DA

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