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January 2015: Ramping Up for Data Privacy Day

We love conversations around privacy, which is why you will hear more from us this month as Data Privacy Day approaches on Jan. 28. Here are several ways you can take action around privacy this month: What is your privacy IQ? Take this 10-question quiz from the National CyberSecurity Alliance (NCSA) and SpiderOak: myprivacyiq.com Your business can also sign […]

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“No Privacy Cake”: 1 cup of data, 2 spoons of metadata, 1 cup of big company

I ran into this article – How I Reverse-Engineered Google Docs – and even though it’s quite an interesting piece, and the rationale behind it is of great teaching value in-and-of itself, I wanted to take some time to reflect about another perspective of this article’s findings. Disclaimer This is not a statement on what SpiderOak as a company […]

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Shellshock bug: what are we doing about it?

There are enough blog posts about the infamous Shellshock bug already, but this is one about how it affects you, SpiderOak user. If Shellshock or bash don’t ring a bell, let’s just say it’s a bug in a core software that lives in a lot of machines around the world. This bug in itself is not really problematic, but […]

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Home banking on mobile, please don’t

This past week, the word “leak” has gained a somewhat different meaning than it had a few weeks back when Snowden had the most hits in search engines and social media. But it’s with good timing, since I planned to write a bit about mobile security. Mobile Home Banking If you own a bank account, […]

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Who deserves privacy? A response to the iCloud hack

Everyone has been talking recently about the huge iCloud hack last weekend. While a lot of people are outraged on behalf of the victims, a disturbingly high number of people seem to think these celebrities brought the theft and the resulting publicity on themselves. If you take nude selfies and share them in any digital […]

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“Snowed In”: Your Top 10 Questions Answered in Light of Recent Media

What is it like to be mentioned by Edward Snowden? Well, quite surprising. Welcoming new users to our community is very exciting. As more and more people become aware of ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy and its implications for our digital lives, we can’t help but feel we are creating more than a business. We are actually creating […]

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Should we run and hide, or stand and be one?

The latest revelations about the NSA, as depressing as they might be, make it clear that the one feature besides encryption a privacy system must have is: users. When dealing with words such as private and anonymous, having strong cryptography is not enough – you need to be able to get lost in a sea of data. In […]

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Top 10 digital privacy happenings of June

As some of you may know, every week I’ve been collecting digital privacy happenings on my blog that represent what caught my attention in the privacy world. News, tweets, projects, videos, and anything that involves a change for better or worse in our privacy as digital citizens. As a wrap up for each month, I’ll collect a “Top […]

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EFF Recognizes SpiderOak For Having Your Back

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) just released it’s annual “Who Has Your Back?” report honoring our efforts – and others – on the legal and privacy front of protecting our users. Of the six criteria used to assess a company’s practices and polices, SpiderOak received five of the six. According to the EFF, “SpiderOak earns […]

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Millennials Care About Privacy After All

SpiderOak is passionate about privacy. If you are reading this, chances are you are passionate about privacy. But what about the Millennials? A Millennial is also defined as Generation Y for those generally born from the latter 1970s, or from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. It’s been said that the Millennial Generation does not care about […]

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