private key protection

Doug Barton dougb at
Tue Oct 18 02:08:50 CEST 2011

On 10/17/2011 14:44, Jerome Baum 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/...

I'm not sure I understand the distinction you're making there.


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