Re: Gnome-keyring - Anyone know a lot about it?
I have the "Passwords & Keys" software installed and it has 3 tabs:
2) Personal Keys
3) Public Keys
This software is powered by Seahorse and integrates the gnome-keyring, Gnu Privacy Guard and the SSH/SSL keystore into one location. I recommend it.
Gnome-keyring is a repository of your session passwords, UUID's and SSO's and it can also be configured to hold those logins across reboot. According to Launchpad and it's very own maintainers, this is their definition, "gnome-keyring is a program that keeps password and other secrets for users. It is run as a damon in the session, similar to ssh-agent, and other applications can locate it by an environment variable.
The program can manage several keyrings, each with its own master password, and there is also a session keyring which is never stored to disk, but forgotten when the session ends."
It is encrypted by the very least your login password and it offers even more security. If you are using EFS for your $HOME dir then you also have that to fall back on as well. Security is layered and individuals are best served by adding as many layers as their infrastructure allows without sacrificing "much" performance. It really isn't as cumbersome as it sounds and requires little to know interaction.
I hope you find this helpful.
If not here is the complete description of what gnome-keyring is and how it works. It is a binary command in the Seahorse package.
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