Paper backup of all keys

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Sat Feb 4 04:21:30 CET 2017

On Fri 2017-02-03 18:28:03 -0500, MyCraigs List wrote:
> Also, let's say the key associated with the email address (not a paper
> backup) gets corrupted or I delete it or render the key unuseable- can
> the paper backup of the key be used to type the key back in?

Sure, but it would likely be a pain to type the whole thing in.

You might be interested in the "paperkey" tool, written by David Shaw,
which does a good job at minimizing the typing you'll need to do
(assuming that all of the public parts of the certificate itself can be
recovered from the keyservers or your correspondents).

If you use debian or a debian derivative, just use "apt install
paperkey", but otherwise there's:



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