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Re: Crypto Question
From: Mitchell Rowton <mitchell () attackprevention com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2003 19:51:04 -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?

If someone can please briefly explain this to me I would be much appreciative.

Maybe the same question from a different angle. If I make a private key with "password" as the password and you do the same... Our private keys still cant decrypt each others messages. So while im confident that it is somehow bad to have simple passwords, i dont know why. Can anyone explain this better?

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