OpenPGP Smartcard recommendations

Anthony Papillion anthony at
Tue Aug 23 08:03:17 CEST 2016

Thanks for the reply. I have an older Yubikey Classic and still use it
to this day for a lot of things. It's awesome. I'll definitely take a
look at the newer keys you mentioned and see if they are something I
could use. Thanks for the recommendation.

I might also join the FSFE. Does it matter that I am not in Europe (I'm
in the USA)?


On 8/22/2016 7:54 PM, Karol Babioch wrote:
> Hi,
> Am 22.08.2016 um 23:22 schrieb Anthony Papillion:
>> I've gone to the page and tried to contact them but
>> it looks like the domain simply isn't accepting mail and the site
>> might just be a zombie.
> I'm pretty sure you've done something wrong here. I just placed and
> received an order last week.
>> Can anyone recommend a solid OpenPGP smartcard solution that meets the
>> following criteria:
> Besides the smartcards from kernelconcepts, you can also become an FSFE
> member to get such a card [1].
> Personally I absolutely love the YubiKey (4 Nano) [2]. It meets all of
> your criteria and can do a lot more (U2F, PIV, token, HOTP, TOTP, etc.).
> It is also a lot smaller than a real smartcard and can be left in the
> USB port all of the time. The Gemalto USB token (and/or real smartcards)
> are rather unhandy - at least for me.
> Best regards,
> Karol Babioch
> P.S.: I should also mention that there is some debate about the open
> source nature of the YubiKey 4, since its firmware is not open to review
> any longer. Should this be a criterion for you, you have to go with
> another solution. You'll find details on the story at [3].
> [1]:
> [2]:
> [3]:
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