At the end of last year, the Pew Research Center canvassed thousands of experts on their predictions on privacy. When asked whether they believed there would be a widely accepted privacy infrastructure by 2025, many said no, stating that privacy is destined to become a ‘luxury.’ Kate Crawford, a professor and research scientist, had this to say,
“IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, I WOULD EXPECT TO SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE ENCRYPTION TECHNOLOGIES AND BOUTIQUE SERVICES FOR PEOPLE PREPARED TO PAY A PREMIUM FOR GREATER CONTROL OVER THEIR DATA. THIS IS THE CREATION OF PRIVACY AS A LUXURY GOOD. IT ALSO HAS THE UNFORTUNATE EFFECT OF ESTABLISHING A NEW DIVIDE: THE PRIVACY RICH AND THE PRIVACY POOR.”
Read the full report. SpiderOak believes privacy matters. It’s a right, not a luxury good, and therefore should be available to more than just the affluent. We are committed to bringing affordable privacy solutions to the cloud.
NEW SPIDEROAK PRICING
This leads us to announce the first pricing change we’ve ever made since we started (2007). Now get more space for less money with these three new storage plans.
To learn more about this change, how to sign up or switch plans, check out the FAQs below.
With Zero Knowledge,
The Team at SpiderOak
Q: This is awesome. I’d like to switch from my current plan to a new plan. How do I do so?
A: Just follow these steps: (1) Log into the desktop application and choose ‘Buy More Space’. Alternatively, you can go to your Account page and select ‘Upgrade Plan’. (2) Select plan size, frequency, and then click ‘Next.’ (3) Once you’ve reviewed the change, ‘Submit Order’ will complete the switch.
NOTE: You will be billed a prorated amount immediately. By switching to a new plan, you are purchasing an additional year or month of storage starting the date you make the switch which is why you are being billed immediately.
Q: Cool! I’ve been waiting for a more affordable plan to become a paid SpiderOak user. How do I sign up?
A: Welcome! We’re happy to have you join our community. You will be given 2 GB of free storage when you create your account. To upgrade to one of the larger plans, click the ‘Buy More Space’ button to choose the plan you’d like and enter your payment information.
Q: Actually, I’d rather stay on the plan I currently have. Do I have to switch?
A: If you’re happy, we’re happy. If you are a current user, you can stay on your existing plan.
Q: My current plan is more expensive so I’d like to switch. Will I receive a refund for the difference?
A: Your renewal date becomes the date you switched plans. When you move to one of the new plans, you will either be prorated or not charged at all for the first year. Refunds will not be issued.
Q: Oh no! I just signed up last week. Can I move to a better plan?
A: Yes, please see the first Q/A listed.
Q: I’m on an Unlimited (or any other discounted) plan. Do I have to switch?
A: No. You are welcome to stay on your current plan.
Q: Will you still offer an education discount?
A: We now offer a 25% discount for all .edu accounts. We also now offer a 25% discount for .org and .mil accounts.
Q: I have a .edu / .org / .mil account. How do I get 25% off?
A: If you create your account with a corresponding email address, you will automatically be able to choose the discounted plans on the ‘Buy More Space’ page. If you did not use this email address when creating your account, you can edit the address associated with your account. Once this change goes through, you’ll be able to see the new plans.
Q: Will you still run other promotions?
A: We are really excited about our new pricing but there will be promotions in the future as we’ve always done.
Q: Can I sign up from my mobile device?
A: You must sign up – or make any adjustments to your account – through the desktop application.