Secure communications

Artists at Risk (AR) recommends keeping all communications as secure as possible.

Please note that there is no ultimate guarantee of security. Usually, the weakest point in security is due to lack of care in human interactions. Who do you share information with? How easy are your passwords to guess?  There are several guides on the web that help with internet security, but most have to do with who you share information with.

We use Element, as it does NOT require exchanging/sharing your phone number. Telephones / SIM-cards can be easily geo-located. That is, they can give away your location. So if you are at high risk, we recommend that you REMOVE ANY OLD SIM-CARDS. This means, you may not be able to access services like WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram that generally force you to use and share your phone number to get connected.

We currently recommend using:

  • Element on Matrix

    • Create your own account by signing up here: https://app.element.io/
      • You can use the browser, desktop or mobile phone app
    • Find us by searching for: @artistsatrisk:matrix.org
    •  If you have trouble connecting, please contact info@artistsatrisk.org or perpetualmobile@protonmail.com
  • No longer in use:
    • Wire: now only has legacy status, and is being phased out.
    • Signal: not in use for the above reasons
    • Telegram: not in use for the above reasons
      • we have a Telegram channel, however
    • PGP-encrypted mail: phased out