Our journey to a secure, privacy-first collaboration platform

December 11, 2018

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Focus on security and privacy has been important for Wire from day one. Over the years we've taken numerous steps to strengthen our technology and sharpen our privacy-by-design approach to our product and business model.

This is more relevant than ever with many starting to realize the destructive effects of weak security and lack of privacy on both day-to-day business operations, and our lives as people who trust our most intimate details to various online services.


Wire was launched on December 3, 2014.

  • End-to-end encrypted voice calls for 1:1 and groups
  • One of the first to offer E2EE group calls
  • TLS for messaging and file sharing
  • Account registration with email (no phone number required)

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  • Fully open sourced the app code on all platforms – iOS, Android, desktop (Windows, macOS, Linux) and web. Wire’s users can now build their own client from our source code and run it on our platform.
  • First unofficial meeting of what will become Messaging Layer Security working group under IETF in 2018. Wire is one of the founding member together with University of Oxford, INRIA, Cisco, Mozilla, Facebook, Google, Twitter and others.


  • New feature: Delete messages from all devices – this gives people better control over messages that have been accidentally posted into wrong conversations, for example.


  • New feature: Timed messages disappear when the timer runs out. Useful for keeping conversation history tidy and adding an extra layer of security for sharing sensitive data like credit card details or login details.


  • Introduction of @usernames to make it easier to find others without having to share a phone number or email address. It's no longer possible to search for other users by email address, and email address associated with accounts are no longer visible to others.




  • Independent security audit: Protocol implementation, no critical issues discovered and all found issues fixed by the time the audit was published.


  • Call security upgrade - added end-to-end encryption verification to make man-in-the-middle protocols impossible, and removed any call log sharing with Wire servers
  • Constant bit rate encoding added as an option for calling. Wire is the first of the secure messengers to implement this option with WebRTC/Opus. We contributed code back to WebRTC so that other solutions that use WebRTC can also benefit.



  • "What are your thoughts on Wire?" This is a question people have asked Edward Snowden daily for a long time now. He finally replies:








  • New feature: End-to-end encryption extended to conversations with non-Wire users via guest rooms. Wire users can invite others to join simply by sharing a web link. Other party does not need to download and install the app or even create an account.
  • New feature: History backups have come to Wire. This lets you take all the conversations, sent images, videos and files with you when upgrading to a new phone or switching computers.


  • Wire annouced Wire Red, the secure way for large enterprises to communicate in a crisis.



  • New feature: Launched conversation timer to offer ephemeral conversations - this builds on the timed messages feature we added in October, 2017.
  • Highlighted the future threat of quantum computing on today's encryption protocols and shared the code of proof-of-concept post-quantum Proteus protocol.

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