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matrix:start [2020/06/05 20:47]
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matrix:start [2020/07/16 19:40] (current)
acab Riot is now Element
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-===== How to Install Riot/Matrix =====+===== How to Install Element/Matrix =====
  
 Please read our guide here: [[matrix:howto|How to Install and Use Matrix]] Please read our guide here: [[matrix:howto|How to Install and Use Matrix]]
  
-===== How to use Riot ===== +===== How to use Element ===== 
-First thing to understand is that Riot is the App and Matrix is the Server. (Like how Firefox lets you use the web, but Firefox does not host websites. The Matrix Server is like an email server, where its users are known as ''username:matrixURL'' . (for example, I am ''zip:brickshop.io'') Think about how from your Gmail account, you can use the google-email-server to send and receive messages with other email-servers. Matrix works in the same way: you can join chatrooms anywhere in the network and contact any other user in the network. +First thing to understand is that Element is the App and Matrix is the Server. (Like how Firefox lets you use the web, but Firefox does not host websites. The Matrix Server is like an email server, where its users are known as ''username:matrixURL'' . (for example, I am ''zip:brickshop.io'') Think about how from your Gmail account, you can use the google-email-server to send and receive messages with other email-servers. Matrix works in the same way: you can join chatrooms anywhere in the network and contact any other user in the network. 
  
-To use my Matrix account that lives @ brickshop.io, I open my Riot app that can be found at https://chat.brickshop.io . Any Riot client can be used to login to any Matrix server, but using both at the same site just makes sense to me in terms of simplicity. In that app, it already knows that the "homeserver" I want to create an account on / login to is brickshop.io -- but I have the freedom to choose otherwise. After inputting my homeserver, a simple username + password combo gets me into my chats. +To use my Matrix account that lives @ brickshop.io, I open my Element app that can be found at https://chat.brickshop.io . Any Matrix client can be used to login to any Matrix server, but using both at the same site just makes sense to me in terms of simplicity. In that app, it already knows that the "homeserver" I want to create an account on / login to is brickshop.io -- but I have the freedom to choose otherwise. After inputting my homeserver, a simple username + password combo gets me into my chats. 
  
-If you choose to use the Mobile app instead (Riot.im),  logging in is a three step procedure: first, enter the "homeserver" (matrix address for your account). Then, enter your username. Last, enter your password. It's that simple! +If you choose to use the Mobile app instead (RiotX),  logging in is a three step procedure: first, enter the "homeserver" (matrix address for your account). Then, enter your username. Last, enter your password. It's that simple! 
  
 I prefer to configure Matrix servers in a way that new users only need to enter three peices of data to create an account: username, password, password confirmation. I also configure my Matrix servers so that all new accounts are automatically added to a "General" chat -- Discord strategists can chime in here.  I prefer to configure Matrix servers in a way that new users only need to enter three peices of data to create an account: username, password, password confirmation. I also configure my Matrix servers so that all new accounts are automatically added to a "General" chat -- Discord strategists can chime in here. 
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 [[matrix:end-to-end|End-to-End Encryption and how it works]] [[matrix:end-to-end|End-to-End Encryption and how it works]]
          
-Another factor that makes Riot a bit different from Signal is that you control your encryption key. So you have, in a sense, a second password; when adding new devices or apps to your account, you can manually enter this "second password", or have a screen open up on your old account and new account with a "Verify" button to click. +Another factor that makes Matrix a bit different from Signal is that you control your encryption key. So you have, in a sense, a second password; when adding new devices or apps to your account, you can manually enter this "second password", or have a screen open up on your old account and new account with a "Verify" button to click. 
  
 Unlike Signal, which does not encourage users to manually verify each others' keys (but allows for it and warns when keys change), Matrix is very loud about telling you that other users are unconfirmed. The confirmation process works by showing both users a string of emoji which they are encouraged to verify on an alternative communication method (phone call, email, Facebook, Discord, etc). This is a one-time process.  Unlike Signal, which does not encourage users to manually verify each others' keys (but allows for it and warns when keys change), Matrix is very loud about telling you that other users are unconfirmed. The confirmation process works by showing both users a string of emoji which they are encouraged to verify on an alternative communication method (phone call, email, Facebook, Discord, etc). This is a one-time process. 
matrix/start.txt · Last modified: 2020/07/16 19:40 by acab