Making the case for smart cards for the average user

Johan Wevers johanw at
Mon Mar 16 01:06:17 CET 2015

On 15-03-2015 23:24, Jose Castillo wrote:

> but my sense is that more people are vulnerable to passphrase-sniffing
> malware than they are to someone sneaking very close to them with
> an evil device.

However, perhaps even more people are vulnerable to confisquation by
authorities. If they find a pgp card, some may even force you to give
them access (UK, the minister in The Netherlands who pushed for such a
law has fortunately been forced to resign for something else). Hiding
the key, or, in case that is not possbible, having access to a copy
yourself afterward may be more usefull.

I don't know how those pgp cards look, but perhaps it would be wise to
print something on them that they are yet another loyalty card.

ir. J.C.A. Wevers
PGP/GPG public keys at

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