What is AWS Wickr Messaging? (1 minute read)

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Betty Fleming
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When your campaign is choosing its encrypted communication platform, one thing to consider is DDC's partner AWS Wickr. Wickr allows you to send instant messages, share files, and make secure phone and video calls. It uses end-to-end encryption to protect your data, which secures information on both the recipient and sender’s ends. Wickr allows for centralized management of campaign participants so the campaign sets up who can send and receive information via the platform.


AWS Wickr is a security-first messaging and collaboration service with features designed to help keep your communications secure, private, and compliant. One-to-one and group messaging, voice and video calling, file sharing, screen sharing, and location sharing are protected with end-to-end encryption. No one except intended recipients has access to the keys required to decrypt the content—not even AWS—giving you complete control over your data.

Flexible administrative controls allow your Wickr administrators to add, remove, and invite users, and organize them into security groups to manage messaging, calling, security, and federation settings. Passwords can be reset and profiles can be deleted remotely, helping you reduce the risk of data exposure stemming from a lost or stolen device. You can configure and apply optional data retention to both internal and external communications in a Wickr network, and use Wickr Bots to automate workflows.


Here are some advantages to using Wickr:

  • Messages, large files, calls and video conferencing are all encrypted features
  • User data is encrypted on the sender’s device and only the recipient can access it
  • You control how long each message and file lives
  • Users cannot become part of your community without an invitation 
  • Desktop and mobile apps are available
  • There is a robust resource of support articles, videos, and blog entries

To get started with AWS Wickr, visit their website: 

  • Wickr Network Administrators create an AWS Account and Wickr Network, start here and here
  • For end users, please refer to this guide

As a DDC partner, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is pleased to offer security services, including AWS Wickr, at a discounted price to federal campaigns and political parties through the end of 2026. Please register your campaign by visiting this site.

Learn More: What is Encrypted Communications?, What is Encryption?, Wickr Use Case for Political Candidates

How To: Wickr Setup & Other Resources


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