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How to use ssh keys on a USB drive
Authored by: TrentC on Feb 24, '05 01:53:58AM

I administrate a number of servers. I have a mac at home, many macs at work, and a number of linux workstations that I may be working at.

Creating one Private key, and carrying it with me is very convenient. It also ensures that the private key is not on any single machine that may be stolen, as long as I remember to log out and/or remove them from the key agent.

Of course I also have to remember to always keep my USB drive secure, but often that is easier than securing workstations or laptops from walking away, especially as the I-stick has a wallet holder.

Heh. nothing said the advice here is "one size fits all"; it your case, it'd make sense to have one key to worry about.

Me, I have 2 linux boxes and an iMac to worry about; if I lose a USB drive, the odds that someone will find it, figure out my passphrase as well as what machines it can access, before I can get to a place where I can delete 3 public keys are enough in my favor that I don't lose sleep. :)

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