1994-02-15 - Re: PGP

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From: Derek Atkins <warlord@MIT.EDU>
To: rcain@netcom.com (Robert Cain)
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Message ID: <9402150759.AA03108@toxicwaste.media.mit.edu>
Reply To: <199402150738.XAA23905@netcom9.netcom.com>
UTC Datetime: 1994-02-15 08:03:53 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 15 Feb 94 00:03:53 PST

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From: Derek Atkins <warlord@MIT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 94 00:03:53 PST
To: rcain@netcom.com (Robert Cain)
Subject: Re: PGP
In-Reply-To: <199402150738.XAA23905@netcom9.netcom.com>
Message-ID: <9402150759.AA03108@toxicwaste.media.mit.edu>
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I think that, if you are careful, you can safely use PGP on a
networked, single-user machine.  For example, I use PGP on Athena, a
networked series of UNIX machines.  I trust the binary, since I built
it myself, and since there is no one else on my machine when I use
PGP, I am sure that no one is getting my passphrase.  As for my secret
key, well, it is in a facist AFS directory, which isn't close to being
as secure as a floppy, but it means that not anyone can just get it.

Do I feel safe?  Yes.  Would I recommend others here do as I do?  Yes.
Would I recommend people at other sites do as I do?  Depends on the
site.  Netcom?  No.

Just my $.02