Why we do a privacy-preserving backup system?

I’m quite new to this company, so the we in that title feels a little off, but regardless of that, have you ever asked yourself that same question? Why would someone bother? It may not be that hard to answer today, but in 2007? I honestly don’t know what went through Alan and Ethan’s minds at the time, I […]

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Comments on study citing design flaw that puts your privacy at risk

Recently, Johns Hopkins published a paper stating its computer scientists found a “design flaw in ‘secure’ cloud storage” that puts privacy at risk; their study specifically focused on SpiderOak, Wuala and Tresorit. From SpiderOak’s perspective, the authors of this paper came to very incorrect conclusions about how SpiderOak works. Their assertions about the weaknesses in […]

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SpiderOak.com and related SSL certificates were changed yesterday due to the OpenSSL Bug

As has been widely published, a significant vulnerability has been found in OpenSSL, the transport encryption library used by many SSL websites. SSL is the mechanism that encrypts your browser’s connection to the server, verifying the server’s identity and preventing eavesdropping. Many people know it as the padlock icon in a web browser. Many sites […]

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Dear Ubuntu One Users: What SpiderOak Can Do For You

Canonical announced today that Ubuntu One is shutting down. In addition to natively supporting Linux since day 1 in 2007 (my machines run Ubuntu, Debian, and RedHat) we also support Windows and Mac allowing you to be flexible.  Enjoy our easier pricing and Zero Knowledge Privacy Policy and keep your data safe, synced, and private!  Over 20% of our […]

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Get Unlimited Storage in Honor of World Backup Day

Limits are like rules. They are made to be broken. So what if there weren’t any limits? What if we gave you infinite GBs? Would you back up all your Frank Zappa albums? Or the entire Wong Fei Hung film series? Perhaps you would store a digital copy of every photo you have ever taken… Whatever the […]

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What Trusting Yourself Gets You + Big Events This Week

Trust is the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective. While you would like to think the people with whom you’ve surrounded yourself are deserving of these descriptions, you’ve probably been around long enough to know even those you hold to the highest of standards have let you down. So perhaps Mom […]

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Responsibly Bringing a new Cryptography Product to Market

Post Snowden, technologists have rushed a variety of “liberation tech” projects to market, making boastful claims about their cryptographic capabilities to ensure the privacy of their customers. These goals are noble but the results have sometimes been embarrassing. We’re building a new crypto product ourselves: a high-level secure-by-default framework developers can use to build end-to-end […]

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The Crypto-Cherub Asks You: What Apps Should He Shoot Privacy Into?

We’re wildly, madly in love with privacy but we’re not keeping it a secret. Many of you know we’ve spent a lot of the past year working on Crypton. And we believe it is the future. We plan to use it to build a new internet, and hope others will take its open source code […]

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Tomorrow is ‘The Day We Fight Back’ against mass surveillance

In Matt’s Damon’s AMA on Reddit last week, he was asked: Hey Matt, your amazing monologue about the NSA in Good Will Hunting is probably more relevant today than it was when the film was first released. How did you come up with that scene, and are you at all surprised by the revelations on […]

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Analyzing the Anatomy of a Software Bug

This week, the blog post Anatomy of a Software Bug is being discussed among the developers at SpiderOak. The post depicts the situation that any programmer finds themselves in if they have ever worked on a large system that has been in existence for an appreciable amount of time. The details of the bugs change, but the […]

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