Should I save my keys?
your keys or, rather, the data in relation to the key, facilitates their use
When the data are saved, you enter your key and, if this key corresponds to the
data you already saved, the documents are encrypted without further action.
On the other hand, if no data in relation to the key are saved, either you just
entered a new key and, in this case, you will be asked whether you wish to save
the data as well as typing the key again for confirmation, either you typed in
the wrong key. In this case, click Cancel and type in your key again.
You will find below the pros and cons about saving your keys.
Why I should save my keys
Once the information is saved, next time you
want to encrypt a file, enter your key and the encryption will begin.
If no dialog box appears, you will be
sure that the key entered is one of the keys you usually use.
- You will be warned in case of a mistype
Why I shouldn't save my keys
Although it is impossible to retrieve a key
from the recorded data, we
cannot assert that the data may not help reduce the time required to crack your
However that may be, if you followed the tips in Passwords
vs Passphrases, you generated a very strong key and you
know that it may take up to 6 years to crack it! So if you change your key every
5 or 6 months, for instance, you should be protected from the strongest attacks
best equipped hackers!
In any case, do not forget your key! Otherwise, nothing could be done and the
files would be lost for ever!
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