Backup of Keys

Mark azbigdogs at
Sun May 24 18:55:17 CEST 2020

I think that could be addressed if all those files and directories are
stored within an encrypted archive (whatever your favorite is)

On 5/24/2020 7:05 AM, Felix Finch wrote:
> On 20200524, Damien Goutte-Gattat via Gnupg-users wrote:
>> On Sat, May 23, 2020 at 09:35:54PM -0700, Mark wrote:
>>> I'm trying to figure out which files I need to backup to safeguard
>>> my keys.
>> Everything that needs to be saved is in GnuPG’s home directory, which
>> on Windows should be `C:\Documents and
>> Settings\<username>\Application Data\gnupg`. In that folder you
>> should save:
>> * the private keys (in the `private-keys-v1.d` subfolder;
>> * the public keys (the `pubring.kbx` file);
>> * the trust data (the `trustdb.gpg` file, plus the `tofu.db` file of
>> you are using the TOFU trust model);
>> * any configuration file (`*.conf`);
>> * if you are using GpgSM, the `policies.txt` and `trustlist.txt` files.
> Out of curiosity ... how safe are these files as is, assuming the
> private key file has a good strong passphrase?  If they are backed up
> on a USB stick which gets lost and found by someone else, or stolen,
> how much damage can be done?  How hard is it to crack a good
> passphrase?  I realize that's kind of a loose question, and "strong
> passphrase" doesn't help.

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