There are plenty of clients (web, desktop, mobile) to choose from. A list can be found here.
If you do not have a matrix account already and/or want to create an xHain account please see the wiki article on how to do that.
To use your xHain Matrix account your client needs to support Single-Sign-On.
We will use for this example the web version of element
Continue with xHain Account. You'll be redirected to the login page.
On first start of element (either web, mobile or desktop) you'll be prompted to setup a secure backup for your keys, used to encrypt messages. Please set this up to ensure you'll be able to recover your keys. You can choose to use a passphrase or generate a key.
More ressources are available here.
Please store this key at a safe place (your password manager might be a good spot).
If you do not setup the secure backup or loose your security key you will not be able to recover encrypted messages. You will still be able to chat though.
We use the concept of a space in matrix to group all rooms together. The space makes sure everyone can find your room in one location!
To create a room simply press the '+' sign on the top of the room list while having the matrix space selected. Select ''New Room'' from the drop down menu.
Enter the room details. Choose a nice room name and topic. Please make sure to set visibility to space members only. We recommend to use encryption as a default.
You should now see something along the lines of this:
Press the little ''i'' in the upper right corner.
Choose ''Room Settings''
Under the general tab please choose a local room address, so your room can be linked.
Please set your security and privacy settings, we recommend to set ''Who can read history?'' to ''Members only (since the point in time of selecting this option)''.
Under the permissions tab you can set who can do what in your newly created room.
We recommend to set the ''Change room topic'' permissions to ''Default''.
If there is content you think is offensive or hurtful you can report the content directly sending a message to the moderators. Follow these easy steps to report a message: