Now is the time to retire the encryption debate for good and focus our efforts on empowering every election official and every political campaign to embrace encryption in protecting our data and our democracy.
Wickr announces our Customer Security Promises program designed to offer utmost transparency about how we build and test the platform against key security promises we make to our users. With that, we aim to provide customers with the ability to assess our performance towards the security and privacy standards that form the foundations of trust.
Wickr stand out from other secure messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp, which have yet to roll out encrypted group calls. “With this update, we’re making it easy to use strong vetted encryption and ephemerality for anyone—for personal or business conversations, so there is no more reason to jump to insecure apps to make a phone call or leave a message,” Wickr CEO Joel Wallenstrom wrote in a blog post.
Encrypted calling is coming to millions of Wickr Me users, along with private voice messages next to be followed by screenshot detection for iOS and Android across all apps. Today, we’re making it easy to use strong vetted encryption and ephemerality for anyone — for personal or business conversations, so there is no more reason to jump to insecure apps to make a phone call or leave a message.
While consumers often give up too much of their information in exchange for free services, by and large these concessions are made by uninformed users who have no real recourse if things go badly and their privacy is compromised. Privacy settings should not be too difficult to locate and turned on. It is time to empower user to have more control over their information, not less.
In making the decision about development framework, my team at Wickr opted to go with QT, a similarly-useful application development framework, for our desktop app. QT differs from Electron by skipping the browser on the client-side and integrating more directly with native system APIs to render the UI.
We have zero tolerance for anyone attempting to exploit our technology to conduct criminal activities. We take our responsibility to our community seriously and go to great lengths to assist law enforcement while protecting legitimate privacy interests of law abiding citizens. We aim to strike a balance between information security, the needs of law enforcement, and the right to privacy. It is no easy task, but we are committed to getting it right
In recognition of the risks facing our political institutions following the 2016 election breaches, the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms also approved and explicitly recommended the use of specific encrypted messaging apps for Senate use. Now is the time to leverage these tools to scale the protection to every elected official and their staff.
You can now easily search and add users directly to Secure Rooms or Conversations by simply typing in their email. If your contacts are found, you can start messaging right away. As always, Wickr Pro users can connect with both Pro and Wickr Me users, if federation is enabled by your network administrator.
In an effort to enable private communications for the most vulnerable communities around the world, Wickr has opened access to its free private messenger Wickr Me for Iranian users. We have long worked with human rights activist and journalist communities in high-risk environments and know firsthand how important it is for civil society to have tools that enable strong default rather than opt-in end-to-end privacy.
Wickr is committed to meeting and exceeding industry standards for transparency reporting. In this report you will discover the details of the past six months of our receipt and responses to user information requests or legal processes from July 1, 2017 until December 31, 2017.