When comparing Chatlink.com vs Riot, the Slant community recommends Riot for most people. In the question“What are the best ways to transmit sensitive information over the Internet?” Riot is ranked 9th while Chatlink.com is ranked 18th.
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Pro Even the website owners have no access to the data
Because the encryption keys are generated in client browser and never sent to the server.
Pro All communiction is also encrypted with AES-256
All this encryption takes place at client side, so that even the server administrators have no access to the data.
Pro No need to install anything
Pro All communication is protected with TLS (SSL)
Pro No need to create an account
But creating an account can be useful, too: while having an account the key exchange can be done through public key cryptography.
Pro You can delete messages any time
Pro Chatlink.com does not track or follow you in any way
It does not save any cookies or have any external links (like Google Adwords for example) that could track you.
Pro Chatlink.com is open source
The source code is available here. Being open source allows anyone to audit the code.
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 Currently no file transfer is available
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The success of riot depends on how fast the development is, or it'll get outdated too quickly as developers of Signal and Telegram have predicted.