Wire Reviews

A work in progress with some serious security issues

Negative Review by zinu
about Wire 2 days ago

Many employees working on Wire have previously worked on Skype, and Skype's co-founder Janus Friis is backing the project. Wire appears to be trying to restore the privacy features that were removed from Skype when Microsoft acquired the company. Wire's instant messages are encrypted with Proteus (which is based on the Signal protocol.)

Key issues:

  • From the time of product launch, Wire's encryption has been poorly implemented
  • An audit has uncovered some serious security flaws
  • Wire's promotional information has been somewhat deceptive and misleading

The developer has addressed many complaints in a constructive manner, but various problems remain — for example WIRE SERVERS PERMANENTLY RETAIN A LIST OF ALL CONTACTS EVER MADE (which could be abused or stolen by hackers.) Wire has the potential to be a good product, but Signal is currently regarded as superior by security experts, and decentralized systems like Tox or Ricochet with forward security might be preferred.

Another similar product in development: Matrix (protocol)


Made in Europe and Switzerland. Open Source and Privacy matters! The best, the present and the future of instant messaging and video.

Positive Review by linuxien
about Wire Nov 2016

I highly recommend it. If you look at wikipedia (english page), you will notice it is an open source software. The philosophy of the people who created it is totally different from others proprietary software. As european, we must use this app instead of proprietary and (unfortunately) popular apps.

You can use it with Ubuntu or Windows, Androi, IOS, Mac. Video calls, audio calls, instant message etc.


Its NOT Opensource

Negative Review by cycroenerugi
about Wire Nov 2016

After email contact to the developer they told me that only the client is open.

They also think that Telegramm is open source

They dont know what open source is!


Dishonest website 2 Helpful

Negative Review by Dyras
about Wire Jun 2016

On the website they claim the messenger is open source, but in reality it isn't. As far as I can tell they are only using certain open source components. Not the same thing! They also flat out lie on their Privacy page, saying Signal doesn't encrypt attachments. Yes. Yes they do. The source code is on GitHub, it's not like Signal can lie about this and get away with it. From Signal-iOS on GithHub: Phone calls, messages, and attachments are only visible to you and the other people with whom you are communicating.


Wire Turned off web access with no warning

Negative Review by MacMavro
about Wire Feb 2016

see https://support.wire.com/hc/en-us/articles/207692205--Are-Wire-for-OS-X-Windows-and-Web-currently-down-

They are upgrading the service and they only let iOS and Android apps to run, without any notice, not so great eh?


Nice but not going to switch anybody 1 Helpful

Negative Review by balupton
about Wire Sep 2015

It's really nice, but it seems it only exists to have some of the tech or team bought, as it's not something that will get you to move away from iMessage/Facetime or whatever else people use. I did try to get a few friends to try it out with me, but they couldn't figure out how to use it.