Wickr in the news
September 25, 2017
By Joel Wallenstrom
Both PII and proprietary enterprise information are processed by services built on the same fundamentally flawed business and risk models designed to collect and store your data indefinitely so it can be searched and monetized. That is not a system fail, but its feature.
The answer lies not in defense but hygiene and customers taking control of their valuable information. The system has to change and we, as ultimate owners of our information, have to be willing to take responsibility, trade convenience for control and do some work.
Moving your proprietary communications to systems protected by sound math and encryption and controlled by you is a strong start. It is no longer responsible to trust a service provider to protect your IP and high-target acquisition strategies from an unauthorized access when its whole business model is built on retaining visibility into your information.
September 7, 2017
By Ruby Cramer
The review will determine whether the DNC will follow the other major Democratic committees to the secure workplace messaging app called Wickr, which offers what’s known as end-to-end encryption for chat, voice and video communication, and file exchanges.
July 11, 2017
Wickr is among only nine companies who earned all-star rating for our committment to protecting user privacy and transparency.
July 31, 2017
By Ruby Cramer
After hacks during the 2016 election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee moved to Wickr, an end-to-end encrypted messaging service for internal communications. The company says it's in talks with — and has trials in place for — groups from both political parties.
September 14, 2017
The head of a cybersecurity firm that does business with the intelligence community told FP that his engineers trust Wickr more than Signal after having looked at its code.
September 8, 2017
The DNC is testing Wickr, an encrypted chat app that allows for an easy group chat, and the three primary Democratic election committees — the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Democratic Governors Association, respectively devoted to electing Democrats to the House, Senate, and state governorships, have a subscription, Wickr says.
July 18, 2017
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has taken to using an encrypted messaging app called Wickr for internal communications and correspondence with the campaigns of the most vulnerable House Democrats
July 18, 2017
By Ruby Cramer
The DCCC has moved to Wickr, an end-to-end encrypted messaging system, for all internal communications. They're first to do so after a year in which hacking dominated the news.
October 4, 2017
For starters, spend time researching and picking your favorite secure voice and messaging product. Applications like Wickr, Confide and Signal are good places to start your research. They’re just a few of the products that provide end-to-end messaging encryption and a destruction or “disappearing” feature that ensures your messages stay private — among other security features. They’re the modern-day equivalent of Inspector Gadget’s self-destructing messages and, if you communicate about anything you’d like to keep confidential, these apps are a must-have.
July 11, 2017
By Alfred NG
Only nine companies got gold stars for all five criteria: Adobe, Credo, Dropbox, Lyft, Pinterest, Sonic, Uber, Wickr and Wordpress.
March 7, 2017
This message will self-destruct - after the Wikileaks Year Zero revelations, beat the hackers with encryption made easy with secure messaging app Wickr.
Get the app and you're in good company. Brian Krebs, the investigative journalist and security expert who was subjected to the largest recorded cyber attack in history uses Wickr to talk to confidential sources; Australia's tech-savvy prime minister Malcolm Turnbull swears by it; and now you can message GQ on it, too.
March 6, 2017
By Ellen Huet
There are a few early clues that a startup will be successful, according to market researcher Quid: Have the company’s founders worked together before? Is the business in a hot sector, one where many other new startups are also focusing? Has it raised funding at a quick pace? Based on those criteria and others, Quid looked at more than 50,000 companies and chose 50 it deemed the most promising.
February 16, 2017
Announcing the publication of the software, CEO Joel Wallenstrom adds that Wickr has added Austrian crypto-boffin Joël Alwen (of that country's Institute of Science and Technology) to its team. Alwen first came to El Reg's attention more than a decade ago, when worked with an Electronic Frontiers Foundation team to decode the dot-patterns that identified laser printers for spooks.
Feb 15, 2017
#NotPetya can’t wipe what isn’t there
By Joel Wallenstrom, Wickr CEO
Another round of viral attacks apparently masquerading as ransomware is bringing operations across industries to a halt. This time the target is anyone doing business in Ukraine — not many seem immune including a multinational shipping corporation and even Chernobyl of all places. Following WannaCry and what appears to be the wiper mimicking the 2016 ransomware Petya, three things have become reliably predictable:
February 15, 2017
By Max Eddy
The code being released today powers Wickr Pro, the company's product targeted at enterprise customers. The protocol is called Wickr-Crypto-C, and is an upgrade designed to better meet the needs of enterprise customers, particularly with issues of scalability.
"The upgrade significantly improves the efficiency in key management for large group conversations in secure rooms," reads the Wickr press release. "A notably lighter, entirely client-based protocol, wickr-crypto-c enables scalable, strong perfect forward secrecy and ephemeral collaboration."
"It is now time to begin opening the source code so our customers and partners can easily review the crypto codebase and validate the promises we make to Wickr's users," Wickr CEO Joel Wallenstrom said in a press release. "We hope this first release will inspire constructive critical feedback, further advancement of Wickr's security, and adoption of secure communications tools."
Feb 15, 2017
By Kate Conger (@kateconger)
“For years, Wickr has been at the forefront of ephemeral communication. With Wickr Professional, they are allowing teams to be confident that what is discussed is not distributed. And by opening their code, they are giving the engineering community strong reasons to trust their platform,” Kaminsky said in a statement.
December 6, 2016
Unlike other collaboration tools, which encrypt messages as they travel from a user's device to a company's servers but store those communications in an unencrypted state, Wickr uses end-to-end encryption. That means only the people on either end of a conversation can decrypt and read messages.
November 2, 2016
By Sam Pfeifle
A favorite messaging app of dissidents, journalists and others who want to ensure their messages and audio are both encrypted and set to expire after a specified time (it even showed up in a recent episode of Mr. Robot), Wickr is now looking to expand into the enterprise space, with a new CEO possessing deep experience in security research and product development plans to address enterprise needs.
March 23, 2016
By Kit Eaton
Wickr Me, which is free on iOS and Android, is something of a celebrity in this class of apps because it was featured in an Iggy Azalea music video. It also has fun touches, including the ability to add stickers, graffiti and filters to photos.
March 5, 2016
“Even though I have a VPN on my iPhone I’ve also downloaded an app named WICKR, which bills itself as “the most trusted messenger in the world.” I’m planning to use this for sensitive work emails…”
March 3, 2016
It’s rare that the fiercely competitive tech industry comes together in a joint effort such as this one, but it is not without precedent. Silicon Valley’s fight against lawmakers a few years ago on the SOPA and PIPA legislation was broader and sustained longer, but over the past two weeks, the tech industry has been quick to coordinate with friends and colleagues at other firms to show their strength in numbers. “You wouldn’t want to show a petition with one signature on it,” said Jennifer DeTrani, general counsel at Wickr, a secure, private messaging app. Wickr was among the companies that filed alongside Twitter.
August 5, 2015
Today, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has named Wickr a 2016 Technology Pioneer for our visionary approach and unwavering commitment to building a private communications platform that dramatically improves the security of individuals and businesses worldwide. Wickr is honored to join an outstanding community of innovators and thought leaders including Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation, Ushahidi, Twitter, Palantir Technologies, CloudFlare, and GitHub – to name just a few.
May 6, 2015
Wickr, the free messaging app, is scheduled to announce on Wednesday that it is splitting into two businesses.
Ms. Sell, who helped organize DefCon, the annual hacker convention, and Asylum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching children how to hack responsibly, helped found Wickr in 2011 to enable people to send self-destructing messages that it says are anonymous, private and secure. In the process, her team helped develop an encrypted messaging protocol that Mr. Fields plans to license to businesses like hospitals and banks that rely on secure communications.
August 28, 2015
By Nico Sell
Our team’s commitment to privacy and access to free, uncensored information is the reason we started Wickr. The vision is to bring this service to billions by making strong trusted encryption incredibly easy and intuitive for personal or business use.
May 6, 2015
The firm behind one of the market’s leading private messaging applications will split into two parts: a for-profit company and a non-profit foundation to focus on encryption and human rights.
The transition for Wickr comes with a leadership shakeup. Nico Sell, the company’s founder, will lead the Wickr Foundation while investor Mark Fields takes the reins of the for-profit enterprise.
The split will allow Wickr to focus on two distinct missions: offering its encryption platform as a privacy solution for large businesses, and advocating for secure communications for activists and journalists.
“The foundation’s goal is the reason why I started Wickr. The strong belief we have is that to have a strong society, you need freedom of information,”Sell told TechCrunch.
“We’ll focus on building out tech for human rights activists and advocacy and tech for teenagers and we’ll also work on the trust component whether its crypto that is ours or other people’s,” she said.
April 17, 2015
By Kim Komando
Email, text messaging and picture messaging are fast and easy ways to communicate with friends and family, but they’re far from secure. Each one has weak points where hackers, snoops or the government can see what you’re sending and receiving. Wickr (Android, Apple; free) creates an end-to-end encrypted communication channel with no weak points. Even Wickr can’t read your messages.
Wickr includes the standard messaging features like contact lists, picture messaging with fun doodles and stickers, etc. However, its showstopping feature is that you can choose to destroy messages after you’ve sent them. You can also permanently shred the messages on your gadget.
April 6, 2015
By Phillip Branch
Wickr messages are sent to a server and then delivered to the recipient when they log in. The metadata captured for both the sender and receiver will only show that there has been communication with the Wickr server. There is no metadata directly linking the recipient and the sender.
Wickr also has some impressive features that secure it against the possibility of being compelled to hand over data from log files.
March 26, 2015
‘The internet is forever and personal conversations are not meant to be,’ argues Nico Sell, an ethical hacker and security activist. ‘So The Snappening was worse than herpes for those kids. Those pictures will be online for the rest of their lives. Personal information should be required to have an expiration date, especially for children.’
March 20, 2015
By Tom Decent
Mr. Turnbull has previously admitted to using the encrypted messaging app Wickr, which he says is a better way of messaging than SMS.
“I use Wickr as an application, I use a number of others, I use WhatsApp, because they’re superior over-the-top messaging platforms; hundreds of millions of people do,” Mr. Turnbull said earlier this month.
March 16, 2015
The Pew study indicates that the niche market for privacy tools may go mainstream. Companies like Wickr and Dstrux offer self-destructing tools for email and social media posts, with the promise of “zero digital footprint.” Abine Blur let’s you shop online without revealing your personal email and credit card number. These are hardly household names, but that could change.
March 15, 2015
Australians will be able to avoid new data retention laws by using overseas email providers and by communicating using encrypted software, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has said during a parliamentary debate on data retention laws.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other senior government figures have reportedly used Wickr to communicate with each other.
“They leave no trace,” Senator Ludlam said of apps such as Wickr.
“They will be completely beyond the reach of this data retention scheme.”
Senator Ludlam said anyone arguing the data collected under the scheme was not invasive was “technically illiterate or lying to your face”.