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Chip Black

Ubuntu/Debian APT repository GPG key update

Hello Debian friends! The GPG key for our Ubuntu/Debian APT repository expires today. We’ve created a new key that you can get here: https://spideroak.com/dist/spideroak-apt-2013.asc. We will have new builds shortly that include the new key. The new key looks like this: pub 1024D/08C15DD0 2013-09-20 [expires: 2016-09-19] Key fingerprint = FE45 E533 0B11 DCF0 3247 EF49 […]

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Securing Your Mail From Site to Site

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Many of you know how to secure your email between your mail client and your computer. But if you run your own mail server, did you know you can secure email between servers? Many servers support TLS encryption for outgoing connections, which will protect your mail between your server and the next one. For my […]

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Just Because It’s Encrypted Doesn’t Mean It’s Private

Now that you’ve got a handle on what encryption is and what it can do, it’s important to understand what it can’t do. Encryption is a tool, and like any tool, it can be used improperly or ineffectively. It may sound a bit strange for us at SpiderOak to disclaim the benefits of encryption, but […]

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SysAdmin Day Follow Up

Hello terminal hackers! We had a really great turnout for the promo last week. Over 600 of you successfully plumbed the depths of SOTSS and claimed 5 extra bonus gigs. Some of you found the bonus gigs program but got the DEVICE BUSY error. That was a bit of rate limiting we put in to […]

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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!

EDIT: The day is over, and we have shut down the bonus gigs system. Thanks to everyone who participated. We’ll be keeping SOTSS active for a while longer, so you can still tell all your friends about it! Hello, fellow SysAdmins (and other assorted peons)! Today is our day! Enjoy it. You earned it. And […]

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New Expansion Ahoy!

If you’ve been using SpiderOak lately, you might have noticed that it’s been a bit… sluggish. A small portion of our users have been impacted by our recent expansion efforts. We do greatly apologize for the inconvenience. The good news is that we have been working diligently at installing new servers to increase capacity. In […]

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The Garfleburgers of Spalagnatz IV

“Do you remember the garfleburgers of Spalagnatz IV? No, I guess you probably don’t. Even nowadays putting a brain in a tin can is a tricky procedure, and it was downright dangerous when you were transcribed. I’m sure a lot of good memories got lost then, but it’s not like we had much of a […]

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More fun with SSL certificate verification failures

Some of you who tried to access spideroak.com a couple hours ago may have noticed a security warning from your browser complaining about an invalid certificate. Whoops. No, we didn’t forget to change the storage certificates again. In fact, the new certificate was purchased back in April. Turns out there was some fun to be […]

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Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey, or How to Gracefully Compensate for an Incorrectly Set Clock

Part of being a good sysadmin is being flexible. Quite often when something breaks you’re solving a new problem, and the developers, users, and management turn to you to find a solution. One day you’ll be sorting out IP misconfiguration, the other you’ll be debugging Python libraries, and another you’ll be working around yet another […]

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FBI Wants Your SpiderOak Data; North Korean Hackers Steeple Fingers in Anticipation

The FBI is again looking to circumvent cryptography to expand their wiretapping capabilities. They want to require that all service providers (like SpiderOak) give them a back door to encrypted communications. To be clear, we have not, nor will we ever, give third parties access to your private data. It so undermines the very core […]

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