Wire – Communication in Full Privacy

I want to share with you a new way of communicating in full privacy.

My Husband found this about two months ago, and we started using it together while we are at work.

Earlier, we used to use other apps to communicate, like Skype or Viber, when we were apart.
Viber was easy, and fun, with funny stickers, and previously there were animations you could record a message along with, and send.
We are both concerned about our privacy, but there weren’t that many ways out there, that were easy to use, looked good, with instant notifications, and ability to also make phone calls or video calls.
So, at times, we compromised ourselves, and let the easier way be the choice, when I was living abroad, away from my Husband.

Why should you care?

What is done online – either written, spoken or read – leaves information behind.
These trails of our activity stay stored, spread amongst servers globally.

So what, you may think..
I have nothing to hide.
Maybe so…
But if you believe the same rule applies in General, then you should stop locking the doors to your house, and probably remove the curtains too.

Many people misunderstand the Meaning of Privacy.
You don’t have to be a criminal or a terrorist or a whistleblower, to be concerned about your Privacy.
What you DO, is your OWN business and no one else’s
and it MUST stay like this.
Especially since Technology gives us the Tools to achieve that very easily.

All of your information lies on the hands of ISP’s, and corporations like Google, Facebook etc.

Well, 99% of the time, you have already silently consented to let these companies OWN your private information, in order to be able to use their services.
And they can sell it, if they want.
Or reveal it/disclose it, under certain circumstances.
Or companies change owners, and your data suddenly becomes an asset, on someone else’s hands.
Data, including a large part of your Life and Privacy.
Like WhatsApp, when they got sold to Facebook in 2014.
Or Instagram, also sold to Facebook, in 2012.
See for yourself: Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19 billion.

In these days, you have to look hard for someone not selling your information.

I know that, lately, most messenger apps claims to take your privacy seriously, and say that they are encrypting your messages.
This is true, on each receivers part.
However, your data on their servers might not be encrypted.
So, if anyone hacks their servers, they can get EVERYTHING.

Here is an overview over some of the most used instant messaging apps:secure_messaging_messure

Link to the page this is extracted from:
Overview of most common messaging apps used

This following link is to a similar overview:
Secure Message Guide
This page is – at the date of this blog post – waiting to upload a new overview. There has been one, and they are soon to post a new review.
So if it is just text when you check it out, come back at some other time.

My recommendation

Wire.

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Wire was launched in December 2014, with the goal of being the most secure messaging app, available on all platforms, open source, look good and also being dead-easy to use.
This is where most other secure messaging apps fail.
The users either don’t like the interface or the app itself is too hard to configure and use, and therefore won’t get their friends to use it also.
Personally, after discovering this app, I am getting all of my friends to use this one, and it seems to be a good choice, because everybody is loving it!

What I love about Wire is that I don’t have to give my phone number to create an account, like I had to on Signal.
You can create your account with just an email address, and if you feel like later on, you can add your phone number to see who else is on your contact list, that also uses Wire.

It’s open source!
Open what?
Open Source means that everybody can see the source code for this app – how it is built.
It also means that anyone who wants to, can take this code, and build from it.
No hidden secrets.
No hidden backdoors for the governments to spy on you.
That is the problem with Windows, Apple, Facebook, Skype, etc, they can do whatever they want behind your back, and you won’t even know it.
You will never know what kind of data they are actually getting from you.
Even if they say that your information is safe, you can’t know if the governments have requested a secret backdoor to your conversations, and information on your phone or laptop.

Wire is a European Company, based in Switzerland.
They are following Swiss and EU data protection laws.
Switzerland is known for strict privacy.

Wire is available on all platforms!
iOS. Android. Web. Windows. Mac. Linux.
Smartphone. Tablet. Laptop. Web.
My messages get synced immediately between all of my devices.
You forgot your phone, and are borrowing a laptop somewhere?
No problem, you can sign in from a web browser too!

And, it looks good!
On all of my devices.
Even on my Linux Desktop.

I can send secure messages, make high-quality phone calls and video calls in 1 app.
I can send documents, photos, share location, make drawings (even on a photo before I send it), make pings, send voice messages.
Securely and Free.
Just use your Internet connection.

For extra safety, I can choose to set my messages to automatically self-destruct, on both my end and the receivers end, in each conversation seperately.
I can choose between 5, 15 and 30 seconds, 1 and 5 minutes, and 1 day – or have it off.

Try it out yourself

Interested to check it out, or get it yourself?

Check it out on their webpage Wire – Home.

Download app here:
Android: Wire – Private Messenger (android 4.2 or above)
iOS: Wire – Private Messenger (iOS 8 or above)
MacOS: Wire – Private Messenger (macOS 10.9 or above)
Windows: Download from Wire’s webpage Wire for Windows.
Linux: Download through your Package Manager.

I wish you will like it too!

PS: This is no ad for the Wire app, I am only sharing this as a recommendation, because I absolutely love it myself.