I’m a huge fan of watching TV-series and my favorite one at the moment is the award winning Mr. Robot. It’s probably the best TV show with the worst name that I’ve seen lately. Long story short; Mr. Robot is about a hacker with a lot of social issues. Good thing about the series is that it is very up to date and incorporates big happenings from the real world in its storyline. So often speeches from Obama appear and even Donald Trump has also already made his appearance. Since the main storyline is about a hacker of course privacy is a big theme. Technology plays a big role in the series and a lot of the fans like to check for facts, fortunately the show has its knowledge on point and the used techniques seem to be pretty accurate.
The show critiques the current social media culture and I can relate to that, people don’t seem to care about their own privacy anymore since companies like Facebook ‘already know anything’. This is a bad attitude and it turns out that even in this time of the internet of things and online communication you can hide your own social appearance up until certain levels.
There are some companies that share this opinion and who made apps that put your privacy first. Snapchat is a good example of an app that protects your messages towards intruders. However, this app isn’t protecting your data from the ‘big bad organisations’ like the NSA. The people in Mr. Robot are aware of that and so they use software like ProtonMail and Wickr to communicate. You’ve probably never heard of these services but they are huge in the niche market that needs the privacy. However, these apps only stay huge until the next thing comes by, which makes them microtrends. These microtrends belongs to the mesotrend (online) privacy under the megatrend of technology.
So let’s have a closer look at Wickr, an app/service that can be seen as Snapchat for grown-ups. To begin with their encrypting service, which uses multiple layers of military standard encryptions. The app is will never be the mainstream trend like Snapchat is but in certain industries Wickr has become the standard. It has been around for some years now and it is still one of the favourite apps used by people who value their privacy. This a sign that the service may be on the end of its trend life cycle. Encrypting techniques get outdated and so does the app. Updates may prevent this but at a certain moment an app becomes too big and then it will become an interesting target for hackers. Also do apps like these get negative reputations since they are often used by criminals as well. They value their own privacy a lot when it comes to their communication.
Soon there will be a new company announcing a great new communication service with even more security and discrecy. But dedicaded hackers will always be able to encrypt codes, even if it’s multiple layers. Not a single app or service will ever be 100% hackerproof. So does that mean we just have to accept the fact privacy doesn’t exist anymore?
Written by Koen Bouman 1637728
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 Wickr Brings Secure Messaging And Snapchat-like Message Destruction To Android. Retrieved on 19-09-2016 from http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/wickr-brings-secure-messaging-and-snapchat-like-message-destruction-to-android/
 Queensland drug dealers using messaging app Wickr. Retrieved on 19-09-2016 from http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-drug-dealers-using-messaging-app-wickr-20150811-giwn5o.html