Question about getting started with PGP and smart cards

Robert J. Hansen rjh at
Wed Mar 2 08:12:15 CET 2016

> best smartcards there are for GPG use. For getting started with GPG and
> smartcards, my recommendation would be to:

Please, *don't* do this.  This is genuinely bad advice for someone who's
just getting started.

If you're just getting started, then use the defaults.  The defaults are
good ones; they were chosen for a reason.  You don't need to go through
this much more complicated key generation scheme.

Start using GnuPG and your smartcard with the defaults.  If, later on,
you decide that your specific needs require more extreme steps, you can
always take those steps then.

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