Puttygen PGP key

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions we receive.

Is it safe for me to generate my PGP keys through your website?

Yes, it is as safe as generating your keys using a local application. The key generation on our website is done client-side only. This means the key pairs are generated entirely in your web browser and they never leave your computer. Our website never sees any key related data or the key itself.

Can you tell me more about the keys you generate?

Sure. For starters, we enforce using a passphrase with each key generated. This ensures some level of protection if your key is ever stolen. We also automatically generate two subkeys for you, one for signing and the other for encryption. You can use your subkeys to sign and encrypt data and keep your private key safe. The bit length of generated subkeys will be identical to the length you specified for the primary key. The primary key we generate for you never expires. You can, however, set the expiration date on the generated subkeys using the 'Expire' option in the key generation form.

What is Elliptic Curve Cryptography?

Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) is an approach to public-key cryptography based on the algebraic structure of elliptic curves over finite fields. One of the main benefits in comparison with non-ECC cryptography (with plain Galois fields as a basis) is the same level of security provided by keys of smaller size. For example, a 256-bit ECC public key should provide comparable security to a 3072-bit RSA public key. ECC is still not widely supported in many PGP client applications so we advise that you generate ECC keys only if you know what you're doing. You can read more about it at RFC 6637.

I'm concerned about my privacy. Do you keep or gather logs of any sort?

Our website is hosted entirely on Amazon's S3 and CloudFront platforms. All of our code is client-side. We have NO backend servers. Since we don't have a backend server we don't keep any logs. The only logging that occurs when you visit our website is performed by Google Analytics, which helps us keep track of the number of people visiting the site monthly.

Why does my web browser or computer slow down when I'm generating keys?

PGP key generation is a resource intensive process. As a result, your may experience increased CPU and memory usage on your device, which can result in performance issues. The performance impact depends on the hardware capabilities of your device.

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