Wickr Brings Secure Messaging And Snapchat-like Message Destruction To Android

Skye Hudson 18-09-2013

With the recent NSA scandals, many people have lost confidence in the privacy of their communications; Wickr [No Longer Available] is the app to change that. While it has been on iOS for a while, the Android edition just hit the Play Store.


The app is called Wickr Self-Destruct Messaging because it includes the Snapchat-like feature of having your message disappear after a certain amount of time. However, the main feature of this app is its insane amount of privacy protection. It uses military-level encryption standards AES256, ECDH521, RSA4096, SHA256, and TLS to send messages between Wickr users. The app requests no personal information from you, not even your email address (which means you should be careful not to forget your password). The developers also claim that it meets several rigorous standards for private communication, including FIPS 140-2, HIPAA, and NSA Suite B Compliancy.


Wickr supports sending text, photos, videos, and voice messages, giving you an unparalleled amount of protection over all your various forms of communication, as long as everyone you interact with uses Wickr as well. The forward-thinking developers even included a feature in Wickr that prevents the user from taking a screenshot, meaning that the receiver of a message won’t be able to save the self-destructing text or photo that has been sent to them. There is also a “Secure File Shredder” that runs in the background, completely wiping deleted files from the device, since many regularly deleted files can often be recovered.

What do you think of Wickr? Is this type of high-level encryption necessary in today’s world? Do you have another secure messaging app that you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

Source: | Image Credit: Security by Dave Bleasedale/Flickr


Related topics: Instant Messaging, Online Privacy, Smartphone Security.

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  1. Jon
    January 1, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Does the recipient also need Wickr?

    Wickr is for instant messaging only, right? (I can't send an email through Wickr, right?)

    If you also know: Can I use Wickr to send a chat message to or through gmail chat / Google Hangouts?


  2. Zac
    October 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    The timed self destruct feature is unique to Wickr but it doesn't feel like a typical messaging program. If you can live without this feature, want encrypted messaging with a more traditional interface, and don't mind paying a one off fee of $1.99/£1.49 then the Swiss made Threema is very good:

    I have no connection with them, but I have greater trust in online products now when I can see how they make their money.

  3. TJ
    September 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I think Wickr is the wave of the future. Actually, its the wave of the present. Living in America we sometimes take our freedoms for granted, and the government has certainly taken advantage of us letting our guard down on the privacy front. Our laziness has translated into "We don't care". You might not care now, but you may care about lost privacy later - and then its too late. I want my communications to be private unless I say so. So I think Wickr is important, necessary and smart. I'm going to use it for everything, regardless of how small or insignificant.