Wickr Messenger Launches on Mac, Windows & Linux

By Nico Sell, Co-Founder


Wickr Messenger is now available on Mac, Windows and Linux computers in addition to Apple and Android mobile devices. This is the first desktop communication app to seamlessly incorporate perfect forward secrecy, picture, video and voice sharing. All messages are now synced across multiple devices on both desktop and mobile. The Wickr app is free and takes less than a minute to get started at wickr.com.

Wickr Messenger is made for your best friends and family. I suggest inviting your top ten friends first. Wickr is ad free and collects no information on you or your friends. You chose how long and where your messages and pictures live. Furthermore, you fully own and control your messages and contacts. This is not true with messages, pictures and contact information you share on SMS, email, Snapchat, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Wickr Desktop Features:

Communicate - send text, picture, voice and video messages

Cross Platform - Mac, Windows and Linux computers, Apple and Android mobile devices

Easy - get started in sixty seconds, much easier than email

Ad Free - never encounter ads, we know nothing about you

Connect - connect with contacts without Wickr seeing your address book

Groups – chat with groups of up to 10

Control - decide who sees what, where and for how long

Own - retain ownership of messages and media you share

Private - messages and contacts not shared with strangers, recorded or stored

Encrypted - use perfect forward secrecy and multi-layer encryption with AES256, ECDH521

Locked – first desktop messaging app to bind each message to the hardware of the receiving device

No Metadata - first desktop messaging app to automatically delete location, time, device identification, headers, and who is talking to whom, when and how often

Anonymous - first desktop messaging app to give us no information about you or your friends

Self-Destruct – first desktop messaging app to include a self-destruct timer

Shredder – first desktop messaging app to forensically wipe the deleted files from your entire computer hard drive and RAM

No Metadata – first desktop messaging app that automatically deletes location, time, device identification

Wickr messages meet top-secret standards through perfect forward secrecy because only your device has the key and a different key is used for each message. As we regularly say here at Wickr – every database will be hacked. That is why we build our technology with a zero-knowledge system* so your data would never get in the wrong hands. In launching Desktop, we wanted to provide the same level of privacy as our mobile app so your information is safe no matter the platform consumers’ use.

About Wickr

The Wickr team is made up of security and privacy experts who strongly believe private communications is a universal human right that is extremely important to a strong social system. Private communications worldwide will enable evolution instead of revolution. We are proud to make an app that is successfully used by the most famous human rights activists in the world as the official app of the Oslo Freedom Forum. Wickr is strong enough to fight dictators and fun enough to be used by kids every day. Wickr’s secret headquarters are in San Francisco, CA. More information is available at www.wickr.com.

* Thanks to the original Zero-Knowledge Systems from the 90’s for this concept!