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Date:   Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:50:58 -0400
From:   Konstantin Ryabitsev <>
To:     Jarkko Sakkinen <>
Cc:     "Alexander A. Klimov" <>,
        Miguel Ojeda <>,,
Subject: Re: Backing up the PGP master key

On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 12:34:06AM +0300, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> Konstantin, writing to you based on 'git blame' :-)
> The maintainer guide recommends using paperkey for the PGP master key,
> which is a prefectly sane method.
> I was just wondering that isn't a backup to a USB stick a reasonable
> option? E.g. get a few USB sticks (new, unweared), store your master key
> to each of them and put to safe.

Sure, it's an option as well. I believe the guide recommends three 
different backups:

1. thumb drive within reach for regular access
2. another drive in case the first one goes bad
3. paperkey backup in the vault

There's no reason why #2 above can't go into the vault as well, if 
you're inclined. I wouldn't skip paperkey, since I'm generally wary of 
putting anything long-term onto electronic media due to things like 
charge decay, cosmic rays, or other weird phenomena resulting in flipped 


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