Guide: backing up Security Key for chat on Scyldings.com

Chat messages and history is encrypted

The chat server at Element.Scyldings.com uses encryption to secure integrity and privacy of communication. That technical measure is largely automatic and doesn’t tax users beyond an initial, one-time setup. I highly recommend completing the following steps – to back up your own encryption key and ensure you can access your chat history if you ever need to re-connect from grounds up. Expect about 3 minutes to complete this guide.

Before you start

To complete the following steps, please be ready to save securely the Security Key – a short text about 60 characters long. You will also need to use your regular (logon) password once, so have it ready.

This guide covers using Element app on computer; other apps have similar process and you will be able to complete them using this guide as reference. I presume you have registered an account and logged in, as described in Guide: joining the chat server on Scyldings.com.

Back up the Security Key

To begin, click on your username in upper left corner, and select Security & privacy panel:

Continue to Encryption – Secure Backup, select Set up:

Next up select the Generate a Security Key option:

This long generated phrase is your own Security Key – the encryption key to your chat history. Copy and save it in a location secure against loss and snooping; do not share it with anybody else. Downloading the file with the key is also a viable option.

Almost ready: the app asks for your regular login password to complete the process:

The app applies changes and this concludes the process:

Thank you

Thank you for following the guide. If you have further questions, please direct them at members of the public chats.