Extending Privacy to Voice Across the Entire Wickr Platform

Since we added calling to AWS Wickr, teams have enjoyed end-to-end encrypted conferencing across the office or with partners across the world. From executives to security researchers to political campaigns, Pro users have the same privacy connecting on the phone as they would in a face-to-face conversation.

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Today, encrypted calling is coming to millions of Wickr Me users, along with private voice messages soon to be followed by screenshot detection for iOS and Android across all apps.

There has been a massive shift in how we communicate – fast, always typing away in non-stop staccato mode. However, a vast majority of enterprise collaboration tools haven’t kept up with the security risks facing their users. From business email breaches to slack channels getting exposed, the result is a much higher risk to critical business communications and personal data, increasingly vulnerable to compromise and theft.

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.

“In protecting critical data & communications, people finally realize expiring messages is safer than just encrypting them.” — Dan Kaminsky, Information Security Expert

With the addition of encrypted calling to our free private messenger, it becomes even easier for teams to bring external collaborators in – think vendors, consultants, outside legal counsels, freelancers, independent researchers – without ever losing control over critical data. Every enterprise network on AWS Wickr can add anyone they work with to secure and private conference calls, quickly and easily.

Let’s say you run a large tech company or a political campaign and have hundreds of vendors, partners, or volunteers who may be sharing valuable data or contributing to some of your most sensitive projects. With today’s update, you can quickly (and free) get them up and running on Wickr Me to connect with your headquarters on AWS Wickr.

And when you add them to your private channels, Wickr Me users can immediately join end-to-end encrypted group video calls, screen sharing, and receive large files for as long as you need to stay in touch. This level of data privacy and control of every aspect of digital communication is, as of today, absolutely unique.

Finally, as we continue to expand our open source initiative, Wickr’s crypto source code powering calling is now open on GitHub so anyone in the public can audit the platform’s security.