When comparing SecureChat vs Riot, the Slant community recommends Riot for most people. In the question“What is the best team chat software?” Riot is ranked 5th while SecureChat is ranked 24th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Threads to organize conversations
Supports threads to organise conversations into topics.
Pro Expiring messages
Channels can be configured to have expiring messages that get automatically deleted after a pre-defined time.
Pro Guaranteed delete
Ensures messages are fully deleted and removed from backup.
Pro Servers 100% hosted in Switzerland
Protected by Swiss data privacy - some of the highest data privacy laws in the world.
Strong end-to-end encryption of messages and files.
Pro Drag and drop files
Drag and drop documents, photos, videos into the chat.
Pro Integrates with other tools
Built in integrations for Zendesk, Trello, Github, SupportBee, etc.
Pro Web and mobile (iOS, Android) versions available
Pro Supports text, voice, video
Integrates with Jitsi for multi-party video chats
Pro Uses Matrix, the open communications protocol
Pro Very good and simple interface
Riot has a very simple interface, adding the ability for more unexperienced PC-Users to use it.
Pro Widgets support
Want to watch that flick at YouTube and discuss it at the same time? Have Grafana graphs stacked above your DevOps team chat? Collaboratively edit Google Docs and chat over without switching applications? This is possible with Riot.
Pro Bridges to other networks
You're not confined within Riot's or even Matrix garden, and you don't have to make users of other networks switch to Matrix.
Con Non-free / Propritary Software
The code base isn't free/libre and cannot be self-hosted, therefore there is no proof that encryption or "guaranteed delete", actually work. There is no reason to think this application is secure.
Con Still in active yet early development
There is clearly a User Experience issue esp. in web version which the developers are aware of and are working hard to improve. They've got the concept concrete, so UX won't be an issue in no time. Most often used parts are functional, but some are yet not.
The success of riot depends on how fast the development is, or it'll get outdated too quickly as developers of Signal and Telegram have predicted.