[kwlug-disc] Generating and using PGP keys

R. Brent Clements rbclemen at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 22:07:14 EST 2009


So in this onslaught of very good and pertinent information (thank you
all), let me see if my questions have been answered by stating my
conclusions for review and grading.

If I create one key and present its fingerprint to a group of people
(herein referred to as you guys) to be signed, that would be my "ID"
key.  Then I can create new keys for specific purposes and sign them
myself so that, er, by proxy? the trust that you guys have given my
master key is extended to the new keys?  And the security of that key
is limited by the trustworthiness of whatever diligence and
trustworthiness can be ascribed to you guys?

In that case expect that I am interested in getting my key signed at
the next meeting.

Brent

On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 9:18 PM, Oksana Goertzen <ogoertzen at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 8:07 PM, Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca> wrote:
>>
>> <snip>
>>
>> I am also hesitant to advocate GPG for a person who connects their home
>> machine directly to the Internet without a firewall in between.
>>
>> These have been the barriers for me using GPG personally, which is why
>> people on the Internet impersonate me.
>>
>> I wish there was a good way for me to get around these barriers, but the
>> best hope I have is to download my mail to a USB key, take them home and
>> respond to/sign them, and then figure out how to send them again. Depending
>> on my paranoia level I might be willing to go to these lengths, but I don't
>> think many people are (and some people still do not have computers at home
>> in 2009).
>
> There is a version of Thunderbird  that runs from USB.  I've not tried it
> but it might be
> of some use to you.  This is for Windows or Wine on Linux.
>
> http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/thunderbird_portable
>
> - Oksana
>
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