use key, not passphrase, in symmetric encryption

sweepslate sweepslate at
Tue Oct 18 21:27:06 CEST 2011

On 10/17/2011 4:49 PM, David Tomaschik wrote:
> I like GnuPG as much as the next guy around here, but is there a
> reason you want to use GPG instead of a tool designed for disk
> encryption?  TrueCrypt is cross-platform and works well... if you're
> Windows-only, there's BitLocker, and for Linux there's LUKS/dm-crypt
> and eCryptFS.

I don't want to do disk encryption, I want to do file encryption.

GPG is more easily available than TrueCrypt and I care for a simple 
scenario where I will be able to decrypt one or more files with minimal 
setup. I can carry the Win32 GPG binaries inside the hard drive.

TrueCrypt would provide a more transparent and automated solution but 
the cost would be simplicity.

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