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Privacy

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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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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17 Top Tips for Protecting Your Privacy

Happy Data Privacy Day! Celebrated Jan. 28 every year, people are coming together across the globe to talk about the importance of privacy. Take a look at the conversation that’s been happening today on Twitter via the hashtag #DPD14 (or Facebook). On Jan. 16 we asked our users – some of the best privacy experts in the […]

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Data Privacy Day Discount – Protect Your Data with 28% Off

Tomorrow, Tues. Jan 28 is Data Privacy Day. This month we are raising awareness about the importance of protecting your data by joining the efforts of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and hundreds of other organizations around the world. Read more about Data Privacy Day. So help us celebrate! Enjoy 28% off all yearly plans for […]

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Guest Post: Can you trust a VPN to protect your privacy?

Privacy by policy vs. privacy by design: At SpiderOak we always preach privacy by design, we don’t *choose* to not see your data, we just *can’t*. Sadly, a lot of online services cannot take on that philosophy, simply because of how the internet works right now. This is the case of VPN. VPNs are a great […]

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VPN, privacy and anonymity

There is a common misconception when it comes to anonymity and privacy for users and VPNs that we felt we should try to clarify. When the goal for a user is to handle all their things as private as possible, or be completely anonymous, the most (seemingly) harmless little detail can make a tremendous difference […]

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And Now: a SpiderOak Video Singalong (12 Days of Privacy)

“On the 12th Day of Privacy, SpiderOak gave to me….” For those of you who would like to see a slightly embarrassing and quite silly compilation of SpiderOakers singing what we’ve deemed The 12 Days of Privacy*, then this is for you! We have more than 50 employees all over the world, and this is […]

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