Wickr is an American software company based in San Francisco. The company is best known for its instant messenger application of the same name.
The Wickr instant messaging apps allow users to exchange end-to-end encrypted and content-expiring messages, including photos, videos, and file attachments and place end-to-end encrypted video conference calls. The software is available for the iOS, Android, Mac, Windows 10, and Linux operating systems.
According to the report, Wickr received the highest possible score of “differentiated” in the criteria of encryption and key management, user privacy and verification, performance, enhanced security or privacy functionality, customizations and integrations, deployment and management, vision and execution, and global reach and customer support.
Wickr was founded in 2012 by a group of security experts and privacy advocates. Nico Sell served as the company's CEO until May 2015 when she became the co-chairman of Wickr and CEO of Wickr Foundation, the newly launched nonprofit whose seed funding was provided by the company. Mark Fields, who previously led CME's Strategic Investment Group, became the company's CEO. He served in that position until November 2016, when he was replaced by Joel Wallenstrom, co-founder of iSec Partners, becoming the company's CEO and President.
|Initial release||June 2012|
|Operating system||iOS, Android, desktop|
Initially unveiled on iOS and later on Android, the Wickr app allows users to set an expiration time for their encrypted communications. In December 2014, Wickr released a desktop version of its secure communications platform. The release of the desktop Wickr app coincided with introducing the ability to sync messages across multiple devices, including mobile phones, tablets, and computers.
All communications on Wickr are encrypted locally on each device with a new key generated for each new message, meaning that no one except Wickr users have the keys to decipher their content. In addition to encrypting user data and conversations, Wickr strips metadata from all content transmitted through the network.
Since its launch, Wickr has gone through regular security audits by prominent information security organizations, which verified Wickr's code, security and policies. Wickr has also launched a "bug bounty program" that offers a reward to hackers who can find a vulnerability in the app.
On January 5, 2015, the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Wickr a score of 5 out of 7 points on their "Secure Messaging Scorecard". It received points for having communications encrypted in transit, having communications encrypted with keys the provider didn't have access to (end-to-end encryption), making it possible for users to independently verify their correspondent's identities, having past communications secure if the keys were stolen (forward secrecy), and having completed a recent independent security audit. It was missing points because its source code was not open to independent review, and because its security design was not well-documented. In 2015, Wickr published a white paper outlining the encryption protocol that they use for end-to-end encryption. However, the EFF is currently working on a new Secure Messaging Scorecard, and now that Wickr Me has an open source cryptographic protocol as of August 2017, this score is expected to rise.
In August 2017, the company announced that its free consumer product Wickr Me, is now using the same crypto protocol, open for independent public review as its paid collaboration platform Wickr Pro.
In February 2018, Wickr Me added free end-to-end encrypted calling with perfect forward secrecy.
|Initial release||December 2016|
In December 2016, Wickr announced Wickr Professional (now Wickr Pro), a new business collaboration and communication product designed to couple the functionality of tools like Slack with end-to-end encryption and ephemerality.
In July 2017, Wickr Pro added secure group calling and video conferencing allowing teams in different companies to place conference end-to-end encrypted calls.
In November 2018, Wickr relaunched their most popular product that includes three plans. The basic plan allows the first 10 registered users to sign up free of charge, while experiencing Wickr Pro features such as 1:1 and group secure voice and video calling, secure screen share and file upload, message expiration settings, and inviting Wickr Me users to cross-collaborate. Silver and Gold plans were also included as an upgrade paid feature for larger teams and enterprises .
Wickr Enterprise is Wickr's fully loaded, fully customizable product. Wickr Enterprise enables users to comply with any regulatory requirements – ranging from government, law firms, professional services, to enterprises with strict compliance requirements (HIPAA, GDPR, FINRA, FRA, etc.). Wickr Enterprise also provides a multi-cloud, customer hosted series of deployment options – in the cloud or on-prem.
Wickr Open Access(™) is a smart VPN that permits users in Wickr Pro and Enterprise to overcome geo or weak WIFI challenges and disables network traffic from interfering . Strict Wickr Open Access was added to give admins the ability to bump users to have Wickr Open Access always enabled.
Location sharing was added in November 2018 for iOS and Desktop for Wickr Pro and Enterprise users.
My status was a new feature added to Wickr Pro and Enterprise that gives users the ability to share their online activity with other users. This can be enabled on a per-device basis, and from the admin console for all users. If show status is disabled in the network dashboard, it would turn off the feature for all users under the network, where nobody's status would be shared.
Single Sign On was added to Wickr Pro and Enterprise in June 2018 to help in making Wickr a more efficient and user friendly app.
WickrIO SDK allows outside companies to utilize the functionality of Wickr's end-to-end encrypted message system, while promoting their own brand image. This feature is only available for Wickr Enterprise and Wickr Pro Gold customers.
Wickr Bot includes a Welcome Bot, and Calendar Bot that can help users with any problems they have within the app. The Welcome Bot helps in greeting new users and old users with forgotten passwords. The Calendar Bot is capable of listing events and creating new events on users’ calendars.
In March 2014, Wickr announced its Series A funding round of $9 million led by Gilman Louie of Alsop Louie Partners. The series also included investments from Juniper Networks and the Knight Foundation.
In 2015, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that Wickr, among only nine companies earned stars in every applicable category for its effort to protect user privacy: “We commend Wickr for its strong stance regarding user rights, transparency, and privacy.”
In 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that Wickr, again among only nine companies who earned stars in every category the EFF evaluated in this year's report: “We applaud Wickr’s policies related to transparency and user privacy.”
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Wicker is a hard fibre often used in the construction of baskets and furniture.
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Wicker (Sheffield), a street in Sheffield, England
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