Get On Element

Here we present two methods to choose from:

1) The Simple Way

It is not recommended because it is more centralised and less secure.

2) The Decentralized Way

Having users decentralized across multiple servers helps us create an environment that is more safe from being deplatformed.

1) The Simple Way

  • Download the Element application

  • Create an account (by default on Matrix.org)

  • Click on the link to the Portugal Freedom Cell Lobby: PTFC Lobby on Element and you're in!

    Please be patient, it might look like no one is there, however as soon as an admin comes online, they will greet you, introduce you to the meeting rooms and help you to get started, so be sure to log back in soon to follow up on the progress...

Important!

At your first login, the application will request to set up your "encryption keys". This ensures that the decryption keys will be stored on the server, encrypted with your password.

You can choose to skip this step, but it will still ask you to do the same thing at each login, and you won't be able to see the message history in the attached rooms until you do.

Keep your generated master password as secure as your username and password!

To do this, create a new session - this means logging into another Android/IOS/Desktop/Web app), and the app will ask you to verify your new session by comparing icons in both the active session and the new session.

This ensures that even if someone finds out your account details they will not have access to your history and you will know that someone else is using your account. You can verify your new session using the main password above, or by using another existing session on other devices.

2) The Decentralized Way

The more people are on different servers, the more robust the decentralization is.

a) Download the Element application
b) Create an account on a federated home server:
  • Go to this website and choose a server first:
    www.hello-matrix.net

  • Choose a server, and click to the right where it says "client" in the column called "[web]" and then create an account with them.

  • Now you will have:

    • Your home server.
    • Your account in the format "@your_username:your_server.org". This is the format of a Matrix user account, through which you can be contacted at Matrix.
    • Your chosen keyword.
  • Work environment: you can log into the web application or the desktop with your username (see above) and password.

  • Cell phone: descarrega o Element para o teu telemóvel ou, se estiveres no PC, simplesmente continua após essas instruções para iniciar sessão.

c) Click on the link to the Portugal Freedom Cell Lobby: PTFC Lobby on Element and you're in!
  • Please be patient, it might look like no one is there, however as soon as an admin comes online, they will greet you, introduce you to the meeting rooms and help you to get started, so be sure to log back in soon to follow up on the progress...

Element Tips and Tricks

My messages are not visible to others

For encrypted rooms, it may happen that your messages are not visible to others. This can be due to several reasons:

  • The first thing to try is to have the following turned off. (If it is already off, turn it on, exit the settings, go back to the settings, and turn it off again).

  • If this doesn't solve your problem, then you need to protect your encryption keys. (See above on how to set up encryption keys) .

For Android: How to install Element via F-Droid

What is F-Droid?

F-Droid is an installable catalog of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. It is a replacement for the Google Play Store.

You can download the F-Droid apk here.

You can also download Element here.