Jan 4, 2008 10:48 pm
JoinedMar 8, 2005
Possibly. I was more thinking of key pairs being more secure because you don't need to remember them, and aren't tempted to write them down, or tell your friends what they are so they can do something "real quick".
For example... here's one of my public keys.
You having that does NOT give you access to my character, but it would allow you to verify that I am me. To log in as me, you'd also need the private key, and to get that you'd need to hack my system or convince me to send you both sides.
I dunno about you, but I would think even people who aren't very security-minded would think twice before going to the effort to export their public AND private keys and then send them via email to someone, as opposed to typing a word or two in chat, or yelling across the room.