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SpiderOak.com and related SSL certificates were changed yesterday due to the OpenSSL Bug

As has been widely published, a significant vulnerability has been found in OpenSSL, the transport encryption library used by many SSL websites. SSL is the mechanism that encrypts your browser’s connection to the server, verifying the server’s identity and preventing eavesdropping. Many people know it as the padlock icon in a web browser.

Many sites across the internet including Amazon, GitHub, Heroku have likewise changed their certificates.

SpiderOak patched our OpenSSL servers within a couple hours of the announcement yesterday. The SpiderOak desktop clients ship with a version of OpenSSL that is not subject to this vulnerability. As such, SpiderOak customers do not need to take any special action.

More info about the vulnerability is at heartbleed.com.

Dear Ubuntu One Users: What SpiderOak Can Do For You

Canonical announced today that Ubuntu One is shutting down. In addition to natively supporting Linux since day 1 in 2007 (my machines run Ubuntu, Debian, and RedHat) we also support Windows and Mac allowing you to be flexible.  Enjoy our … [Continue reading]

Get Unlimited Storage in Honor of World Backup Day

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Limits are like rules. They are made to be broken. So what if there weren't any limits? What if we gave you infinite GBs? Would you back up all your Frank Zappa albums? Or the entire Wong Fei Hung film series? Perhaps you would store a digital … [Continue reading]

What Trusting Yourself Gets You + Big Events This Week

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Trust is the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective. While you would like to think the people with whom you've surrounded yourself are deserving of these descriptions, you've probably been around long enough to know … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

The Crypto-Cherub Asks You: What Apps Should He Shoot Privacy Into?

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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 … [Continue reading]

Tomorrow is ‘The Day We Fight Back’ against mass surveillance

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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 … [Continue reading]

Analyzing the Anatomy of a Software Bug

This week, the blog post Anatomy of a Software Bug is being discussed among the developers at SpiderOak. The post depicts the situation that any programmer finds themselves in if they have ever worked on a large system that has been in existence … [Continue reading]

17 Top Tips for Protecting Your Privacy

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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 … [Continue reading]

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

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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 … [Continue reading]