Wickr’s free encrypted messaging app is shutting down subsequent yr

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Wickr Me, the free encrypted messaging app owned by Amazon Net Companies, is shutting down on December 31st, 2023. In a submit on its web site, Wickr says the app will cease accepting new consumer registrations on December 31st, 2022 earlier than going away fully subsequent yr.

AWS acquired Wickr final yr and began packaging the paid model of the safe messaging app inside its choices for companies. This model of the app, Wickr AWS, isn’t going away, and neither is Wickr Enterprise. The shutdown solely impacts the consumer-facing Wickr Me, which is usually utilized by journalists, whistleblowers, and anybody trying to hold their messages away from prying eyes.

Nevertheless, latest studies recommend the app has turn into an outlet for criminals, with NBC…

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