private key protection

Anthony Papillion papillion at
Mon Oct 17 23:57:13 CEST 2011

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 4:44 PM, Jerome Baum <jerome at> wrote:
>> Your private key being stolen isn't really that big of a deal. If you
>> have a very strong passphrase, possessing your private key gives an
>> attacker almost no leverage.  With a strong passphrase, the average
>> attacker isn't going to be able to break your key on modern hardware
>> and anyone who could break it probably doesn't need your private key
>> to decrypt your messages anyway.
> I'm going to lean very far out the window and assume he meant the actual
> private key, not the private key-ring/-file/...

Rereading the post, you're probably right.

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