If you are a journalist working in some of the not-so-safe regions of the world where the government is nothing but an oppressive dictatorship, you can use the securely encrypted messenger called Wickr Me to communicate with your colleagues without having to worry who could be spying on your messages. The free Wickr Me messenger works across a number of platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. It uses very safe end-to-end encryption to make sure that you do not become a victim of man-in-the-middle attacks.
Wickr has so many editions available for all the platforms, but only the Wickr Me edition is free and is intended for only personal use. The application can be used to engage in conversations with other people who are also using Wickr whether in an one-on-one chat or in a group chat. You can also use the messenger to send files, pictures and other documents securely to the other party. Furthermore you have full control over how long the messages or the shared files remain available for the other party. For example, the default expiry limit for the messages is six days after which they are automatically destroyed.
Wickr Me has a very familiar messenger interface. You have to create an account on the Wickr network which is also used to connect with other people using Wickr. You can add other people and contact them using this user name. Other people can also contact you using your user name. You won’t notice any difference between any other messenger and Wickr except the fact that there is an option to set the message expiry. Wickr works in the background to encrypt your messages before sending them over the internet.
Verdict: Wickr Me is a secure end-to-end encrypted messenger for many platforms. It is ideal for people who are paranoid about someone spying on their conversations. Not really for ordinary people, but people working in the press may find it useful.
You can get Wickr Me from https://www.wickr.com/.