How-to: Use Wickr Me in Whonix ™
Wickr Me can be installed in Debian and provides various functionality in addition to end-to-end encrypted messaging: 
With Wickr Me, you can instantly connect with your friends 1:1 or in groups - now with fully encrypted voice calling, voice memos - new additions to the trusted end-to-end secure sharing of files, images, and videos. Take full control over who has access to your content and how long it remains accessible.
The application touts various privacy and security benefits, including: 
- no access to messages or contact lists
- users' address books remain private and not stored on Wickr servers
- each message being encrypted with a new key
- no phone number or email address registration required
- nil storage of meta-data
- communication in private groups of up to 10 users
- partial open source code 
- an expiration time can be set on messaging content
- incorporation of perfect forward and backward secrecy for user content
If proceeding despite the risk, it is recommended to use a separate Whonix-Workstation ™ for greater safety.
Start Wickr Me
To launch Wickr Me, run.
Figure: Wicker Me in Whonix ™
error: snap "wickrme" not found
As a workaround, try to install any other snap package first.
snap install vlc
Then try to install Wickr Me again. 
read: connection refused
The following error occasionally appears when trying to install Wickr Me (
snap install wickrme): 
error: cannot install "wickrme": Post https://api.snapcraft.io/v2/snaps/refresh: dial tcp: lookup api.snapcraft.io on [::1]:53: read udp [::1]:60220->[::1]:53: read: connection refused
It is suspected the server sometimes bans certain Tor relays from connecting. Try changing the Tor circuit, then repeat the command.
realpath: No such file or directory
Results in the terminal displaying this message:
realpath: '': No such file or directory realpath: '': No such file or directory realpath: '': No such file or directory realpath: '': No such file or directory Could not create NETLINK socket: Operation not permitted (1) Failed to initialize udev, possibly due to an invalid system configuration. Various device-related browser features may be broken.
With Wickr Me still starting and showing an error during sign in that it could not connect to the Wickr Me Network (attempting to reconnect). This might be caused during the original installation of Wickr Me through
snap install wickrme. Try reinstalling Wickr Me with the
--devmode flag enabled and it should fix the issue. To do that, follow the steps below.
- https://snapcraft.io/wickrme [archive]
- The encryption protocol
Wickr-Crypto-Csource code is available on GitHub [archive].
For better security and stability,
wickr.comcould provide Debian downloads, or better yet an apt repository for Debian.
- https://forums.whonix.org/t/snap-store-snaps-snapcraft-io-a-new-software-source/7631 [archive]
- By comparison, the Signal protocol, client application and server are fully open source [archive].
- Otherwise, following installation it can be launched from the absolute path:
A bug report was drafted, but could not be submitted to https://bugs.launchpad.net/snapcraft [archive] because of the following error:
Timeout error Sorry, something just went wrong in Launchpad. We’ve recorded what happened, and we’ll fix it as soon as possible. Apologies for the inconvenience. Trying again in a couple of minutes might work.
snap install wickrme reports 'snap "wickrme" not found' even though 'snap find wickrme' had found it
Actual Result: Debian buster based. sudo apt update sudo apt install snapd snap find wickrme Name Version Publisher Notes Summary wickrme 5.48.9 tleavy - E2E Encrypted Anonymous Messaging snap install wickrme error: snap "wickrme" not found Expected result: wickrme gets installed or shows a better error message than 'snap "wickrme" not found' if not available for this system. System information: lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster) Release: 10 Codename: buster dpkg --print-architecture amd64 uname -a Linux host 4.19.94-1.pvops.qubes.x86_64 #1 SMP Sun Jan 12 05:45:26 UTC 2020 x86_64 GNU/Linux
- https://forums.whonix.org/t/wickr-problem-help/7552 [archive]
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