Currently, my recovery passphrases are just handwritten on a bit of paper. I know myself and don't feel very confident that I'll still know where that paper is when I need it in however many years.
So I'm aware that you're meant to keep this away from the internet but I just want an approach that is less vulnerable to theft than loss: Not a very high bar in my case but lets pretend I have a 0.1% chance of loss.
Here's what I was thinking..
- Boot to recovery mode terminal in Ubuntu (hoping to avoid spyware)
echo "my passphrases typed directly" | gpg --cipher-algo AES256 -c > break_in_case_of_emergency.gpg
- Enter very strong, unique but memorable password
- Store encrypted file on a few devices and cloud services.
- Tear passphrase papers in half.
- Send copies of other half to some other locations (perhaps one with a close friend).
I expect that it's not impossible to break this but how plausible is it?