Storing secrets on other people's computers
Robert J. Hansen
rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Fri May 6 00:46:29 CEST 2011
> 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?
Because the _New York Times_ keeps records of all the papers it's ever published. It can be seen as a highly effective, if low-tech, long-term archival solution. Paperkey the private certificate, publish it in the NYT, verify the accuracy of the published certificate, and presto: your key is archived for the next 100+ years.
Honestly, half the reason why I volunteer to publish my certificate in the NYT is for precisely this reason. I think it'd be kind of cool to (a) have the NYT be my data archive, and (b) get someone else to pay for it. :)
(Assuming, of course, the NYT survives its current financial problems. Which may be a very big if.)
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