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Snapchat Competitor Wickr Goes 2.0 With iOS 7 Redesign And More Secure Features

Snapchat may be the acknowledged leader in the ephemeral messaging space as far as popularity is concerned. But there's another app that promises to be a more secure alternative to Snapchat, or to any other messaging app, e.g. WhatsApp, for that matter. It's called Wickr, and it's an encrypted, self-destructing messaging app that provides messaging connections without having to store them on any central server. Wickr is said to be:
  • CONTROLLED - sender decides who sees what, where and for how long
  • SECURE - military-grade encryption (Wickr does not have the keys)
  • PRIVATE - not shared with strangers, deletes metadata (location, time, identification and edits)
  • ANONYMOUS - we require no personal info from you, we collect nothing about you or what you do
  • SHREDDED - Secure File Shredder forensically erases unwanted files you deleted from your device
  • COMPLIANT - FIPS 140-2, HIPAA, exceeds NSA Suite B Compliancy (Compliance for Top Secret communication)
  • INTEGRATED - send PDFs and images from Box, Dropbox, Google Drive
  • EASY - takes less than a minute to get started and is easier than email
  • FREE - save money on texting
[caption id="attachment_500105" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Wickr[/caption] Released in June last year, Wickr has just been updated to version 2.0 with several enhancements. Most noticeably, Wickr 2.0 introduces a new interface designed for iOS 7. It also introduces doodles and exploding messages. In addition, the new version of Wickr lets you respond directly in the message screen and customize avatars, names, and group names. It also lets you send invites to multiple friends and automatically find your friends securely. The Wickr team notes:
Unlike other apps, Wickr does not upload your contact book to our servers; your contacts never leave your device. We don’t want to hold that sensitive information on our servers. We create a cryptographic representation of your contacts that we store on our servers to match with your friends.
Wickr 2.0 is available now in the App Store for free. It's optimized for iPhone and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]
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