How to Back Up and Restore Your GPG Keys on Linux

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How to Back Up and Restore Your GPG Keys on Linux

Privacy is an increasingly hot topic. On Linux, the gpg command lets users encrypt files using public-key cryptography, in which case losing your encryption keys would be catastrophic. Here’s how to back them up.

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One of the advantages of electronic files over paper hard copies is you can encrypt electronic files so that they are only accessible by authorized people. If they fall into the wrong hands, it doesn’t matter. Only you and the intended recipient can access the contents of the files.

The OpenPGP standard describes a system of encryption called public-key encryption. The GNU Privacy Guard implementation of that standard resulted in gpg, a command-line tool for encrypting and decrypting in accordance with the standard.

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