The Right to Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Privacy

In the introduction to Milan Kundera’s Book of Laughter and Forgetting, the great Czech author tells the story of when Communism came to Prague. The new leader was giving a stirring speech in Wenceslas Square in the winter, ushering in a new age (what Kundera didn’t know at the time, but as a contemporary reader […]

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Happy SysAdmin Day!

Did you know today is the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day?  Join us today in showing appreciation for your sys admins! (And if you’re not sure what a sysadmin is…) If you need some ideas, sysadminday.com recommends: “At this point, you may be thinking, ‘Great. I get it. My sysadmin is a rock star. But […]

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Now Hiring: Enterprise Support Engineer

We’re looking for an energetic people-friendly engineer to join forces with us to help support our growing SpiderOak Blue Enterprise deployments. Every day will see new struggles and opportunities- one day, you may be integrating patches from some of our development partners into our directory sync code base, the next you may be helping configure […]

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Is Total Privacy Viable? If So, Is the Notion Desirable?

There’s always been a strain in human thought, social creatures that we are, that a higher calling would be a life of solitude. From Byzantine holy men like Simon Stylites sitting on raised platforms for years at a time trying to commune with God, to not-anywhere-near-as-ascetic pond-wanderers like Henry David Thoreau and those who followed, misinterpreting his […]

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Judge Allows Gmail Account to Be Read in Criminal Investigation- Effects for Privacy?

One of the tricky things about legal precedent is that the precedent is so often set around the actions of criminals, or at the very least people accused of being so. This inherently- unfairly maybe, but generally unavoidably- militates against sympathy, and helps to excuse far-reaching actions that could one day affect everyone.

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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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20% off for new users! Celebrating ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy since 2006

While most people seek knowledge, we’ve always sought to have ‘Zero-Knowledge‘. We’ve even been developing the Zero Knowledge Privacy Foundation to help advocate for the belief that privacy is a right, not a privilege. We’re celebrating the fact that we’ve been #ZKsince2006, and that’s why we’re offering 20% off yearly plans for new users (or existing free users) […]

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Does Your Small Business Need a Chief Information Security Officer?

Running a small business is about balance, and about making sure that money is going to the right areas. You have to decide what expenditures make sense, and which ones are just throwing money out the window. A classic example of this is advertising: is spending the money for a TV ad going to bring in […]

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‘Zero-Knowledge’ Since 2006

Welcome new or renewed believers in privacy! With all the recent attention around our ‘Zero-Knowledge’ approach – like this and this – we would like to emphasize the fact that we started writing code for SpiderOak in 2006. It was at inception we decided to put user privacy central to the development of our products. […]

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Do you want Tor support?

Many years ago, when I was in high school, I recall a literature professor saying that if she could turn one – just one – of her students into an avid reader, then she would consider her task completed. I liked that and it stuck with me all these years. I basically apply that thinking in […]

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