When I created my pub/sec keypair with WinTP I was asked to make a backup of my public key and secret key. I made a backup and now have 2 .gpg files, 1 being backup of my public key, and the other being a backup of my secret key. If we assume I typed in a strong password when I created my pub/sec keypair, are there any security issues if someone manages to steal these backups? Can someone somehow decrypt my encrypted files if they have the backups (without having any passwords)?
The reason I’m concered is because I remembered I store the backups on the same external hard drive as the encrypted files I want to protect. Bad idea?
And second. Are there any security issues by choosing the same password when you are asked for a password when doing a symmetric encryption, as when you create your keypair?