‘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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Does Your Small Business Have to Fear Russian Cybercrime?

Running a small-to-medium sized business is never easy. You have to worry about a lot of things- paying your employees enough to keep them happy, ensuring you have the right amount of supplies to make or sell your product, figuring out where to locate your business (doubly important if in retail), shipping, receiving, customer service, […]

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Is the Internet of Things a Rebirth of Privacy?

Having just attended the Internet of Things Privacy Summit, my mind is still spinning from the rich keynotes and panel discussions. According to some of the statistics shared by Janna Anderson, Professor and Lead Author of the Pew Research – Future of the Internet Series, consider this: In just a few years we have built […]

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Snowden Revisited: Where Does Our Privacy Stand Today?

This summer marks the one-year anniversary of the infamous Edward Snowden Leaks. On June 5th of last year, millions of Internet users around the world became aware that the National Security Agency (NSA) is monitoring their each and every move on the Internet, and collecting bulk user data for surveillance purposes. Since then, Snowden has […]

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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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SpiderOak Orange 5.1.6 bugfix release for Mac OSX <= Lion Problem

Those of you who tried 5.1.6 beta and wrote in to support, thank you! Thanks to your reports, we have been able to quickly take it out of beta and mark it stable. What that means to affected users is, you no longer have to use the old 5.1.2 (which, by the way, suffers from an […]

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Riley and New Snowden Leaks Prove Need for Secure Cloud Data Storage

As seems to be the new normal, the last few weeks have been ones of head-spinning news for privacy advocates and those who defend a more aggressive security regime alike. In the case of Riley vs California, the Supreme Court issued a stunning 9-0 ruling in favor of expanded privacy rights regarding smartphones, shocking even […]

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How the latest OpenSSL bugs affect SpiderOak

In the past couple of months, there has been an increasing focus on one of the most-used security software libraries. Even though the results of this might have been received as bad news, the reality is that we are a lot safer thanks to all this findings in OpenSSL. At SpiderOak we take this kind […]

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Troubling Trends: Many Websites Still Not Patched for Heartbleed Security Bug

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of discussion regarding the infamous Heartbleed security bug. This bug has affected almost half of all well-known websites and millions of Internet users. Heartbleed could be considered one of the biggest security threats in Web security history, because it exposes the contents of a server’s memory, where most sensitive […]

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