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When I decrypt / view a gpg file it is:

  • decrypted in the terminal / console and thus gets into history
  • the decryption goes into video memory
  • and into normal memory
  • and into the swap (if not enough memory)
  • and into the hibernation file (if you hibernate after loading) ...

Basically when someone takes my laptop and knows what he/she is doing it's easy to get the dece

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closed as too localized by EEAA, Chris S Nov 23 '12 at 15:40

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That's why you don't lend your stuff to people you don't trust. – Shadok Nov 23 '12 at 14:53
There is a reason why one of the basic tenets of security is "given unrestricted physical access, all bets are off". Why bother with going through all that when they can just, for example, install a key logger and borrow your laptop again later? – Michael Kjörling Nov 23 '12 at 15:36
As a side note the first point is totally false: stdout doesn't go to your history. – Shadok Nov 30 '12 at 16:18
  1. Use full disk encryption.
  2. Disable hibernation.
  3. Always shut down your system when you're not actively using it.
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Even with all this, a determined enough opponent could theoretically still compromise the system and gain access. I agree this is reasonable, but security is not an absolute, as I'm sure you know. – Chris S Nov 23 '12 at 15:40

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