Matrix aims to be a secure but simple standard featuring end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) messaging, VoIP/Video calls and bridging to other communication protocols while providing decentralization and preserving privacy. This can be done by self-hosting a federated homeserver like Synapse. To connect with me, register at another public server and join the Matrix room:
In Matrix users get an unique identifier called Matrix ID (MXID) that consists of an at (
@) character followed by the username and domain name. The latter is separated by a colon (
:). For example:
The same way Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is organised Matrix uses the concept of public rooms to represent conversations. To distinguish room aliases from users at a matrix server they are identified by a
# as first character leading to the following syntax:
Public Rooms lists rooms that can be joined without invitation and provides information on them, such as member count and topic. Following their links displays a history of messages in this room. An example is Privacy Guides, a room for discussing means for privacy and security to protect yourself online.