Any future for the Crypto Stick?

Einar Ryeng einarr at
Thu Dec 5 21:14:34 CET 2013

On Sun, Dec 01, 2013 at 01:21:56PM +0100, arne renkema-padmos wrote:
> On 12/01/2013 12:45 PM, Einar Ryeng wrote:
> >
> >Any news on the crypto stick (or similar initiatives) would be appreciated.
> An OpenPGP card with something like a Gemalto SIM usb adapter would
> seem to fit the bill.

Thanks for the replies.

I've got some Crypto Sticks, so for my own use I'm covered for the time being,
but I was wondering what to recommend to friends who have been trying to buy
crypto sticks without luck for some time now.

Gemalto SIM USB adapter seems to be sort of the same thing as the Crypto Stick.
However, it is a bit more hassle to get a USB adapter and a smart card, cut the
card to fit etc.

The yubikey solution mentioned in the thread seems simpler in that regard, and
depening on your use, you may or may not be worried that NSA or some other
service has wrangled some kind of backdoor into it (which I doubt, except if
they've done it by compromising security standards). None the less I'd probably
opt for open solutions for my personal use just due to ethical/political
reasons, but would have no worries about using Yubico stuff at work.


Einar Ryeng

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