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Put WhatsApp, Slack, admin privileges in a blender and what do you get? Wickr

Put WhatsApp, Slack, admin privileges in a blender and what do you get? Wickr (Trends, Reports, Analysis)

One solution is, of course, the lock-down: company phone, company laptop and strict limits on what can be used and added on both. But there may be a third solution – one that the CEO of San Francisco-based Wickr, Joel Wallenstrom, is counting on. There's no shortage of companies that will sell you a special secure software platform for your execs or project teams but those solutions tend to be expensive and bespoke, requiring everyone to hand over their devices and have their software installed either by the company or someone they have "trained." In effect, Wickr plans to become the Blackberry of a decade ago – when everyone used and loved its phones, and network administrators used and loved its software. To get there, the company offers three basic options: a free, Signal-style messaging app called Wickr Me; a Wickr Pro that provides your company with a private network on the company's servers; and Wickr Enterprise that runs on your own servers. He's clearly not excited when we point out that when we downloaded the Wickr free app and gave it access to our phone's contacts, it found… that no one else had it.

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