Wickr Me, the free encrypted messaging app owned by Amazon Internet Companies, is shutting down on December thirty first, 2023. In a post on its website, Wickr says the app will cease accepting new person registrations on December thirty first, 2022 earlier than going away fully subsequent yr.
AWS acquired Wickr last year 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 commonly utilized by journalists, whistleblowers, and anybody trying to preserve their messages away from prying eyes.
Nonetheless, current experiences counsel the app has turn out to be an outlet for criminals, with NBC News reporting in June that the app is “a go-to vacation spot” for individuals who need to share photos of kid intercourse abuse. It’s additionally been implicated up to now as a hub for drug dealers who’ve been pressured off the darkish net.
“After cautious consideration, we will likely be concentrating Wickr’s deal with securing our enterprise and public sector clients’ information and communications with AWS Wickr and Wickr Enterprise, and have determined to discontinue our client product, Wickr Me,” the put up reads. “We additionally understand that a few of our enterprise and public sector clients use Wickr to speak with particular person customers exterior their community. We’re specializing in enabling this in AWS Wickr too.”
When you use Wickr Me, there are nonetheless loads of other free encrypted messaging apps you possibly can attempt as an alternative, together with Telegram and Sign, though the latter is phasing out support for SMS on Android, which is a little bit of a bummer in case you used the app as your default messenger.