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  •  MITM attacks (1+ / 0-)
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    Johnny Nucleo

    What I'm concerned about who has my private keys.

    To you, I'm an atheist. To God, I'm the loyal opposition.” ― Woody Allen

    by soros on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 08:11:18 PM PDT

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    •  They're pretty hard to effect (0+ / 0-)

      Unless, of course, you use an Amazon Kindle or Opera's mobile browser.  Those come pre-equipped with a pre-exploited MITM, although they call it "the browser".

      You should never let your private keys out of your control.  If you must carry them around, put a GPG repository on a Flash drive with a single-use key pair, and put the pass phrase for that key pair in a piece of paper in your wallet, treating it like you would your passport.

      (Yes, I just told you to put a password in your wallet.  Think about it: if someone steals my credit cards, my Social Security card, my passport or my Global Entry card, they can do so much mischief that losing the passphrase to a secret key which is stored on a Flash drive in a safety deposit box -- you can see where this is going.)

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