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In a fit of desperation when I had my wireless connection die on me, I thought it was a problem with the key I had created at the start when I initially configured the wireless connection and hence deleted it. The option to create the key had presented itself when I created the wireless connection. It no longer asks me to.

Now I am back online, do I have re-create the password and key I had before? If so, what do I choose and why? The options I have are as follows;

  1. PGP
  2. Stored password
  3. Password keyring
  4. Secure shell key

The first and last option seem to be obvious and I have no idea about the differences between the second and third options.

Why do I need a stored password or password keyring in all scenarios and not just the wireless issue I ran into?


Further to Belisama's comment, I have amended my question.


As requested, I have attached a screenshot

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You should consider adding the word "wireless" to the title and also one or more of the "wireless" tags. I came to the question expecting it to be about passwords and keys in Linux in general. – Belisama Apr 14 '12 at 10:45
@M Barrett - The reason I didn't add wireless to the title or the tags is because I wanted to understand its application in all scenarios including wireless. – PeanutsMonkey Apr 14 '12 at 19:35
Ah, in that case, you might want to reword your question a bit. It read to me as though you were just trying to solve a specific problem with your wireless configuration. Even just leading with "For example . . . " would make it clearer. – Belisama Apr 14 '12 at 23:29
@Belisama - Thanks. Have amended my question with additional details in the last paragraph. – PeanutsMonkey Apr 15 '12 at 18:42
This is distribution / desktop environment specific. Please post a screenshot of what you are seeing and add the distribution and DE to the tags – Paul Apr 16 '12 at 4:13

The "password keyring" one is if you have an app that requires security, so you can give it a password, the password will be added to the "keyring" and you unlock all of the passwords on the "Keyring" by typing a password into the dialog box after you've logged into the system. That's how I understand it, anyway.

In brief: "for convenience"

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I remember this when I used gnome, but my mum's KDE enviroment does the same. – Finn O'leary Apr 16 '12 at 10:18
Thanks. Sorry for being a newbie here but if I walk through a scenario, it might make it easier for me to follow. So let's that I am using Skype. It requires me to log in. Does that qualify as an application that requires security? If yes, I enter my password to log into Skype. Does it then store this password in the key ring? What do you mean by unlock all of the passwords on the "Keyring" by typing a password into the dialog box after you've logged into the system? – PeanutsMonkey Apr 16 '12 at 19:36
no worrys, we were all there once ;) – Finn O'leary Apr 21 '12 at 20:23
uh, yes skype qualify's (I think :P) "Does it then store this password in the key ring?" Only if it prompts you to, It's normally just on system wireless and such... "What do you mean by unlock all of the passwords on the "Keyring" by typing a password into the dialog box after you've logged into the system?" It unlocks all of the system passwords (ie, it logs you in to wireless) by providing a dialog box that you type a master password (but not the root password) into. err :/ :confused: :P have you tried looking at the documentation??? – Finn O'leary Apr 21 '12 at 20:25
What is the difference between a system and a master password? – PeanutsMonkey Apr 26 '12 at 4:27

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