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User Key Generation Dialog Box

Getting there

Use this dialog box to configure a public/private key pair for user key authentication.

The options are:

 

Text box for key file name and path

Identifies a name and folder for the generated key pair. The public key is created with a *.pub file extension. The private key is created using the same name with no file extension.

 

Browse

Click Browse to specify a different file name and/or location for the key.

 

Key Type

Specifies the algorithm used for key generation.

 

Key Length

Specifies the key size. Up to a point, a larger key size improves security. Increasing key size slows down the initial connection, but has no effect on the speed of encryption or decryption of the data stream after a successful connection has been made. The length of key you should use depends on many factors, including: the key type, the lifetime of the key, the value of the data being protected, the resources available to a potential attacker, and the size of the symmetric key you use in conjunction with this asymmetric key. To ensure the best choice for your needs, we recommend that you contact your security officer.

 

Passphrase

Specify a passphrase that will be required when you connect with this key. Note: If you don't want to use a passphrase, you must select the No passphrase setting.

 

Verify

Retype the passphrase here for confirmation.

 

No passphrase

Select this check box if you want to connect without being prompted for a passphrase. Note: If you select No passphrase, the private key saved to your computer is unencrypted.

 

Create

Creates a key pair in the specified location. The public key uses a *.pub file extension. The private key has no file extension.