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Re: Crypto Question
From: John Borwick <borwicjh () wfu edu>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 2003 14:13:37 -0500

McGill, Lachlan wrote:

Am I right in assuming that an encrypted file/email is only as secure as the
> passphrase used for the private key? i.e. If i use the passphrase
'password'  then does it become irrelevant what key size I use to encrypt the
> data?

You have two distinct levels of security:
  * the private key itself
  * the passphrase used to "unlock" the private key

Your passphrase only comes into play once someone has your private key. If someone gets your private key, your last line of defense is that password.

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