encryption

Increasing the protection of your stored PGP key

Increasing the protection of your stored PGP key

I recently came across a very good (albeit sort of old) post over at Chris Wellons’ null program blog about increasing the default protections on your stored PGP key. The short hand version is that gpg attempts to protect your PGP key from theft by encrypting it on disk so that if anyone gets access to your secret key file they still don’t immediately have access to your PGP key.

Canada’s encryption debate

Canada still imposes restrictions on encryption. Who knew? Today I happen to read something that Michael Geist had written about Canada’s state of encryption laws and I was floored. In it he referenced this article which discussed the Government of Canada’s new public consultation on encryption laws. From the article: Encryption controls have been a challenge for many Canadian software and hardware vendors. Category 5 — Part 2 of Canada’s Export Control List identifies information security items that require a permit in order to be exported from Canada to destinations other than the United States.