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Setup key backup

With Element, most of your messages (everything, except for public rooms) are encrypted by default.

But there is another aspect of encryption that is often overlooked: verification of your contacts.

How can you be sure that the person you are sending encrypted messages to, is actually the person he/she pretends to be?

To solve this, you can use Element to verify your contact's devices. Beware, this has to be done through a second communication channel, be it in person or through a video meeting.

Whenever you start a new conversation with someone using Element, the app will automatically recognize a new device and show a pop-up to start the verification process.

The result of this process (verified contacts) can/should be back-up'd with Keybackup, which is pretty straight forward to set up.

Keybackup also synchronizes your verifications across multiple devices!

ATTENTION: keybackup only works well with permanent sessions (native apps). You need at least 1 device logged in at all times, so it is recommend to always use Element on 2 devices.

If you haven't clicked the pop-up when you created your Element account, follow the next steps:

  • Log in to your Element account
  • Go to Settings
  • Go to Security & Privacy
  • Below the Secure Backup section, click Set up
  • Choose Enter a Security Phrase
  • Enter a strong password (this must be different from your account password)
  • Confirm the password
  • Copy the Security Key that is displayed and save it somewhere safe
  • Click continue, then click Single Sign On
  • Click continu with SAML
  • Click confirm to conclude

You have now successfully set up Keybackup!

Don't forget to also read up on E2E encrytion.