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Restore the Fourth: Secure Your Privacy with 4GBs Free(dom)

This week we are supporting Restore the Fourth‘s online efforts to drive awareness and action against unconstitutional digital surveillance. Be sure to join the conversation on Reddit and Twitter via #restorethe4th. In solidarity, we are offering 4GBs free to new users and 25% off annual plans for existing users. Embrace our zero-knowledge privacy this week as you safely, privately and securely back up […]

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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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Privacy VS. Security in a PRISM: The Important Difference

The events of these last many days certainly raise awareness around the integrity of data and the companies we entrust with it. Many of the articles and posts have poured over the impacts: the good, the bad, the necessity, the importance, the invasive, the threat, the martyr and so on. Given this dearth of commentary, […]

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AMA: Interview with Cryptographer, Computer Security Expert Jon Callas

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Last week, you submitted your questions for Jon Callas, one of  the world’s most respected and brilliant minds when it comes to software security and privacy. We chose five of them, which we sent to Jon. These are his answers. 1. How did you become a security expert / cryptographer? A long time ago, I […]

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Security, Privacy & Encryption 101 Roundup

As you know, privacy and security is not something we take lightly. In our efforts to help educate our fellow humans on their importance and the role they play in our lives on and offline, we’ve compiled the below list of recent news, resources and tips. [For the past few weeks we've focused on encryption. If […]

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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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Drink Your Ovaltine: Encryption 101

When it comes to cryptography, there are no experts. It is considered to be a constantly evolving field. If you started learning today, it is accepted that you might see something new in the code, or do something better that lifelong cryptographers have missed. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of […]

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It is a Monday…


Greetings SpiderOak Users, This morning we excitedly sent out an email to you all with news of our latest version – SpiderOak 5.0. Within 5.0 are many new and exciting features including Hive and Windows OS integration (Mac & Linux coming soon) in addition to a completely revamped mobile effort with our 2.0 iOS app […]

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Privacy Roundup #5 of 2013

Time marches on and it is hard to believe the first four months of the year have now come to a close. The month of April has been a big one for SpiderOak as we have released our long awaited 5.0 client including our newest feature ‘Hive’ as well as Explorer integration for Windows and […]

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The Fine Print of Privacy

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Ever wonder what happens to your data when you accept a “terms of service” agreement? Or, do you always comb through the fine print? This second explainer, recently promoted by Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing, breaks down the details of a privacy policy and answers the following questions: What’s the point of a privacy policy? […]

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