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How do YOU use SpiderOak?

At SpiderOak, we see it as our job to not only provide intense security and reliability but also innovation. And to better help us in our pursuit of building a more perfect product, we were wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing information with us on how you use SpiderOak in your lives? All the smart and quirky ways you get the most out of our service.

If we like your tale of SpiderOak, we might even ask if we can use it on our website or in a promotion piece. If selected and as a way of saying thank you, we will be happy to provide you with several months of free service and/or additional storage space at no cost. (NOTE: Your name and personal information will never be used publicly without your expressed consent)

Just relay your story in the comments of this post or in the SpiderOak Forum


  1. enfoke says:

    We use spideroak to backup the fileserver of a 20 pc development office (all windows platform). Everything goes fine so far… inicial backup took about a month, but who cares as far as it is just once.
    We may want in the near future to replicate some folders (user's files) with notebooks's folders… probably online synch running as a service would make that task easier.
    We would also love a 'take a snapshot' feature, so that I can be sure that I if someone modifies a lot of files in an improper manner, I can access a 3 months ago backup an restore most of them (in my case, a quarterly made snapshot would free myself from making dvds every 3 months).
    Bye, Pablo.

  2. Lorin Ricker says:

    I'd just this weekend discovered SpiderOak in the Aug-09 issue of Linux Pro Magazine (pp. 53-55), where it was compared very favorably to DropBox. I've been in IT since 1970, and over my professional years, I've implemented more manual and automated backup systems and schemes than I care to remember — fortunately, did many recoveries for users from our backup tapes and disks. But it was hard, lots of design thought, implementation work, and routine practice and procedures to make things more-or-less bullet-proof!

    Since migrating from Windows to Linux/Ubuntu for our SOHO systems (3 desktops, a couple of laptops, and an external NAS drive), I've been on the lookout for something more than "home-brewed" backups: while a couple of Ubuntu packages looked promising, they turned out to be pretty simple-minded, not robust enough from my years of experience in the field. I've built some rsync'd scripts, but just ended up copying some directory trees to different disks, USB sticks, or between systems — nothing off-site, nor particularly robust. Multiple copies of files is *not* a robust backup method!

    The article in Linux Pro mag convinced me to look at the SpiderOak website… what I found there convinced me to sign up for a free 2GB account.

    Client download and install for my Ubuntu systems was flawless. Account setup was painless. I was able to make my initial backup pass within a few minutes of install and setup. Brilliant! Didn't even look at online documentation… just *did it*! Simple, straightforward to get it working, and now it's "always on…"! Ran upstairs and set up my wife's PC even faster! Hand-wrote a note for my daughter telling her to get set up at her next opportunity! This is good stuff.

    Clearly, I'm a SpiderOak newbie, so I have got a bit to explore and learn. For my wife and daughter's systems, it's gotta be "set it and forget it" — at least until I need to recover something. I've already seen enough to convince me that this service is technically, practically and business-wise right on-target.

    In "the old days", 2GB seemed like an infinite amount of storage — today's applications, photos, audio, etc., make short work of multiple gigabytes of storage, and I'm sure that we'll be upgrading accounts soon enough. Ten bucks a month for robustly engineered backup services in the cloud seems very reasonable!

    Time permitting within the next few days, I'll find out how to synchronize my laptop with my desktop… and no doubt some additional tricks will surface for our admiration. I've got a DropBox account, but haven't used it much — the notion of "the synchronization folder" was immediately limiting and artificial to the way I work and organize my /home/<user> directory tree — SpiderOak already looks and promises to be much more appropriate to my needs.

    And, because of my experience with backups "in the old days", it won't be enough to simply watch and verify my directory trees being backed-up… I'll be doing some rigorous trial restores — *every* backup system needs to be tested "in context" for restoration, if only to practice yourself and convince yourself that you know what you're doing when that "oh, crap" moment inevitably happens! A restoration crisis is no time to figure out "Now, how do I recover a file… or a whole user-tree or system?" Practice it *before* you really need to do it!

    Many thanks for a brilliantly engineered backup service and solution! May SpiderOak become massively successful, and ever improving… while keeping it simple!

    best regards,
    — Lorn Ricker
    Franktown, Colorado

  3. Hades32 says:

    I'm using it to hast my picture (for free) for my eBay auctions!

    Works great with my Quick Share app:

  4. Vamsi B. says:

    I've been using SpiderOak for a few days now. I read the other reviews and it is very similar to DropBox, but I prefer this interface. Furthermore, the price difference (since I'm a student) between DropBox and SpiderOak makes it well worth it. I just need my laptop to start working to get my files off of it again. :)

  5. Tanel says:

    I have used many backup soulutions before, but SpiderOak is the one I'm going to keep. Price is reasonable and Zero Knowledge at server side makes this eaven sweeter! Of course there is always room for improvements and new innovations, but in my opinion SpiderOaks has the best services on the market.

  6. pcatala says:

    I use it to synch different computers/OS and share files between them – Ubuntu, my windows PC, my wife's mac, etc.

    And then of course as a historic backup of important stuff such as taxes and such.

  7. Sarah says:

    yes It would be nice but my pasword only works in my desktop manager, not in the forum, and so far I havent been able to get any response at all from mailing the spideroak team and they have no phone number