Accessing the SAFE Network
The SAFE Client is the program that an End User uses to log in to and access the SAFE Network to view data, store data, send and receive messages, etc. The Client is integrated with the Vault software for machines which will be running a Vault. The SAFE Client can also be packaged separately to run on devices which cannot run the whole Vault package, such as smartphones, tablets, etc. It is a small, cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS) and non-resource intensive program that does not impact your device's performance. After you have been authenticated through the SAFE Client you do not have to enter further passwords or keys to access other shared data or apps on the SAFE Network.
After starting the SAFE Client you are asked to provide login details.
With these details the SAFE Network authenticates the User on the SAFE Network and decrypts their data atlas, which provides them with access to all their encrypted data.
No passwords or login details are cached by the SAFE Client or stored on the network. This means that no details about you or your access security are left on the PC or other device you have used to access the SAFE Network. You can log in to the SAFE Network from another device that has the SAFE Client installed and all of your files, apps, safecoin wallet, etc., will be there as before.
In addition to the SAFE Client, Users also need safecoins to access the full features of the SAFE Network, though the Client allows public data to be accessed by anyone for free. Safecoins are the token-based currency of the SAFE Network.
To earn safecoins participants can do the following:
- Donate spare computer resources to the network
- Create network applications
- Contribute to the underlying SAFE Network codebase.
It is anticipated that soon after public launch, it will also be possible to buy safecoins from decentralised exchanges that will exist on the SAFE Network.