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"Gamma3000" wrote in
news:3f18fbe7@shknews01:

> I've been doing some calculations (yes - I know I'm sad).
>
> By my figuring, even if you were able to get hold of 100 Terahertz of
> processing power, and each clock cycle was able to try a possibility
> on PGP encryption, 128 bits would hold out for over 10^16 years. Is it
> just me, or is the 2048 bit key that PGP recommends a bit overkill?


You are confusing symmetric and asymmetric encryption. See:
http://www.mccune.cc/PGPpage2.htm#128bit

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