A journalists’ right to protect the confidentiality of their sources is a afforded under the laws of many countries, as well as under international law. However, the data on our phones and laptops is often enough to compromise that confidentiality.
Here’s how to use Wire if you’re a journalist, want to protect your sources, and are planning to travel via countries where the border control might request access to your devices.
Wire’s multi-device support makes it uniquely suitable in such a scenario. Unlike other secure messengers you can log in with the same account on several devices and keep contacts and conversations securely in sync between them.
Return home, turn on your phone and all contents of conversations from your travels — pictures, text, audio and video messages, shared filed — will be synced to it.
Wire keeps encrypted messages on its servers for 30 days (only the sender and receiver of the messages have keys to decrypt these). If the trip is longer than 30 days then someone needs to turn on your phone and launch Wire to sync messages before they are deleted.