Conversations about life & privacy in the digital age

What if your Password was drowning?

Letters. Numbers. Characters. Lowercase. Uppercase. 8. 10. 20. 30 – 60 – 90 days.

In this age we are protected as much by passwords, pins, and codes as we are by the civil servants, alarms, or medicines. There is a difference of course – one will only protect your identity, money, personal possessions; the other looks after your safety, well-being, and health. If your money and your life were drowning next to each other and you could only choose one to save – which would it be?

It is important to think about these matters now and again as it provides a greater context for your life, who you are, and what you value. However you answer the question above or thousands of others just like it, there is no judgement or ruling or criticism. How could their be and why.

I am perhaps a strange person to bring up such questions as we make our living protecting the items that you would most likely let drowned if given the choice. This of course is not to make light of what we do and how we go about doing it. At every turn and step in the process we designed SpiderOak to provide privacy above all else and do it in the most aggressive way possible. This is why we don’t store our users’ passwords. Whatever they are – numbers, letters, long or short, birthdays or pet names – we do not ever want to know.

But rest assured, whatever you have stored in your SpiderOak network and whatever password you have chosen to be the only key, spend some time thinking about those other elements of life and how protected you are keeping them. In the end and as the saying goes – “they are the only ones that matter”.


  1. Matt says:

    I wouldn't say that there's a sharp distinction between what SpiderOak saves versus what really matters. Pictures of lost loved ones, perhaps? Some things, while still very much just *things*, leave a hole in your heart when they're lost.

  2. Simba says:

    I like the Zero Knowledge Policy.

  3. Tariq says:

    Have been thinking over your zero knowledge policy which is great fact remains some do use Spider Oak to store some hints to help remember passwords [ you have no way of knowing what we keep there :)]. How about an option to store passwords and perform auto-log-in for other site's like Gmail,Skype,FaceBook etc.,etc.

    This would require some basic changes [ splitting of services ] but if that is optional and would allow Log-in to Spider Oak also then it will be for user to decide which way to log-in to Spider Oak. Have a feeling this will attract quite a large number to use Spider Oak on daily basis as compared to the offer for Free storage [ regular back-up is still not that regular, this is a fact]. There will be additional costs so you have to work them to see if this is viable [ it has to be free ].

    Just wondering if this has been discussed / considered earlier if so then what was the result?