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iPhone – Encrypt & Self Destruct messages – Wickr

27/08/2012

Encrypt & self-destruct messages with sexy anti-forensic friendly iPhone app Wickr

We often hear about being tracked via our smartphones, mobile apps that have overreaching permissions and app developers that are only too happy to exploit our privacy by selling our personal information to the highest advertising bidder. Add that to government surveillance and cell phone tracking and it can be tempting to kick smartphones to the curb. But when security is done right, it also protects your privacy and it’s truly a beautiful sight to behold. With that in mind, the new mobile app Wickr is downright sexy. In fact if it were a man, then I’d probably be in love.

That’s right, self-destructing messages! How sweet is that? Here’s a description: “The Internet is forever! Your personal data doesn’t have to be.” Wickr – leave no trace.

  • military-grade encryption of text, picture, audio and video messages
  • sender-based control over who can read messages, where and for how long
  • best available privacy, anonymity and anti-forensic features
  • security that is simple to use

More simply, in the words of The New York Times, Wickr is an app that “encrypts, shreds, hashes and salts.” All of that should likely cost a fortune, but it’s free! And there’s no gotcha catch because the group of security-minded individuals behind Wickr have a mission to “provide secure communications that Leave No Trace. People are being tracked and sold online in ways they do not understand by numerous governments and corporations. Online communications should be untraceable by default. Now, if you can download an app, you can leave no trace. Security has never been so easy!”

**Okay, so I think you’re weird for using an Apple product, but as friends, we’ll overlook that.  Here’s how to keep your data secure.  That’s what friends are for.

In conclusion:

We’ve talked before about being anti-forensic friendly, so if you liked that, then you’ll love this:

How strong are Wickr’s anti-forensic features?
Wickr provides the best anti-forensic privacy protection possible on the mobile platform.

What about my mobile or Internet provider, can they track my communications in Wickr?
Your provider may be able to confirm that you are communicating with our service, but it cannot read your messages and cannot determine with any degree of certainty with whom you are messaging.

http://blogs.computerworld.com/mobile-apps-and-services/20604/encrypt-self-destruct-messages-sexy-anti-forensic-friendly-iphone-app-wickr

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