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12 Days of Privacy: 25% Off!

12 Days of Privacy

On the fifth day of Privacy

SpiderOak gave to me:

25% off!!

On December 13, we introduced the 12 Days of Privacy* – sung to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas. We hope to share with you what the 12 Days of Privacy means to us with this little holiday spin off.

Today is the 5th day of our 12 Days of Privacy which means you can enjoy “Twenty-fiiiiiive percent off!” all yearly plans!

Current Users:

  1. Login to your account online.
  2. Go to your ‘Account‘ tab at the top
  3. Click ‘Buy More Space,’ and then choose ‘Upgrade My Plan.’
  4. Plug in the promo code 12DaysofPrivacy, and choose which plan you want under Yearly Billing.

New Users (Welcome!):

  1.  Sign up here
  2. Download and install the client
  3. Click  ‘Buy More Space’ in the client itself, or via the web portal (which will then take you to a new screen, where you need to choose ‘Upgrade My Plan.‘)
  4. Use the promo code 12DaysofPrivacy and choose which plan you want under Yearly Billing.
What do you think the 6th Day of Privacy will bring?

*We do know that the original 12 days of Christmas begins on Christmas day, but we wanted to do our own spin off before the holidays. 

12 Days of Privacy: 4 ‘Zero-Knowledge’

 

 

12 Days of Privacy

On the fourth day of Privacy

SpiderOak gave to me:

4 ‘Zero-Knowledge’ 

On December 13, we introduced the 12 Days of Privacy* – sung to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas. We hope to share with you what the 12 Days of Privacy means to us with this little holiday spin off.

You can join in too!

We don’t want to have all the fun so we invite you to submit your own lyrics. Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments section, and we’ll promote them throughout the week! We can’t wait to see what the 12 Days of Privacy means to you. To find out what the SpiderOak staff and fans come up with, follow #12DaysOfPrivacy.

Tis the season of Privacy!

*We do know that the original 12 days of Christmas begins on Christmas day, but we wanted to do our own spin off before the holidays. 

The Crypto-Think & The 12 Days of Privacy

At the beginning of the year, we predicted that 2013 was going to be “The Year of Privacy.” It’s been amazing to watch privacy take the forefront in national and international debates as well as have growing attention and importance in the online world. As the new year approaches, we can only hope 2014 brings increased efforts to fight for the right to privacy across the globe.

Today, Dec. 13, we will be holding The CRYPTO-THINK – our very first Web Privacy Think Tank – in San Francisco at our SpiderOak headquarters. SpiderOak and the ‘Zero-Knowledge’ Privacy Foundation have invited a diverse group of developers from around the country to an open discussion around the good, the bad, and the ugly truth of privacy. “One small step for Javascript, one giant leap for browser privacy.”

We hope this is the first of many events and hackathons that will help improve and change web privacy as we know it. Will you help chart a course to the unthinkable?

The CRYPTO-THINK

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 12 Days of Privacy

12 Days of Privacy SpiderOak Public Private RSA key

On the first day of Privacy

SpiderOak gave to me:

A public/private RSA key!

Starting today – the first day of privacy – we will be sharing over the next 12 days what that means to us as a company. Our version of the song is called the 12 Days of Privacy* in the same tune as the 12 Days of Christmas. Stay tuned to learn via Twitter, Facebook or this blog to see what we’ve come up with and submit your own lyrics for a chance to win free GBs.

Tis the season of Privacy!

12 Days of Privacy SpiderOak

*We do know that the original 12 days of Christmas begins on Christmas day, but we wanted to do our own spin off before the holidays. 

Cyber Monday 2013 Deal, 35% Off All Plans

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Here at SpiderOak – being the sort of people that like to dive into the spirit of any holiday, we thought we’d share our enthusiasm by offering you a great deal.

For the next 24 hours, upgrade your account and get a wonderful 35% off any yearly plan. That means you get state of the art privacy for only $6.50/month!

Use this promotional code to upgrade your free account: CyberMonday2013

Current Users:

  1. Login to your account online.
  2. Go to your ‘Account‘ tab at the top
  3. Click ‘Buy More Space,’ and then choose ‘Upgrade My Plan.’
  4. Plug in the promo code CyberMonday2013, and choose which plan you want under Yearly Billing.

New Users (welcome!):

  1.  Sign up here
  2. Download and install the client
  3. Click  ‘Buy More Space’ in the client itself, or via the web portal (which will then take you to a new screen, where you need to choose ‘Upgrade My Plan.‘)
  4. Use the promo code CyberMonday2013 and choose which plan you want under Yearly Billing.
Enjoy your week. Thank you again for your continued patronage and support and feel free to share this deal with your friends and family.

Place Privacy First for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month champion - SpiderOak

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). We believe you don’t have sacrifice privacy in our online world. Furthermore, we believe privacy is the best form of security. Building privacy into technology is the key to true freedom online.

In honor of NCSAM, SpiderOak would like to offer you 25% off our yearly plans.

For the rest of October, give your ‘+1 for Privacy’ as you backup, sync and share with this special promotion.

Visit SpiderOak.com/signup and use the promo code “plus1forprivacy” in your account settings for 25% off. That is only $7.50/month for 100% private cloud storage.

Current Users:

  1. Login to your account online.
  2. Go to your ‘Account‘ tab at the top
  3. Click ‘Buy More Space,’ and then choose ‘Upgrade My Plan.’
  4. Plug in the promo code plus1forprivacy, and choose which plan you want under Yearly Billing.

New Users (welcome!):

  1.  Sign up here
  2. Download and install the client
  3. Click  ‘Buy More Space’ in the client itself, or via the web portal (which will then take you to a new screen, where you need to choose ‘Upgrade My Plan.‘)
  4. Use the promo code plus1forprivacy and choose which plan you want under Yearly Billing.

2013 marks a decade for National Cyber Security Awareness bringing awareness to online safety and security issues and helping educate people about the best ways to protect their privacy online. Join us over the next couple weeks in acknowledging NCSAM as it emphasizes the roles and responsibilities each of us play in helping to create a safer digital world. We hope you make time during the month, and throughout the year, to take proactive steps to help safeguard you, and your friends and families.

Thanks for helping promote the importance of privacy!

Ready to Learn & Earn? SpiderOak University is Now Open

Here at SpiderOak, we are always pushing ourselves to learn more. Whether about our ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy policy or the way our SpiderOak client works on your computer, we want to encourage you to learn as well. That is why we have officially opened the doors to SpiderOak University – and you’ve got a free ride!

Enter SpiderOak University

You’ll find short video classes taught by our very own CEO, Ethan Oberman. In addition, you’ll find several other videos and explainers that will allow you to not only learn about SpiderOak and how it works on your computer, but also our philosophies and ways that will help you keep your data safe and private.

Pay Attention!

We want to see how much you’ve learned. All students of SOU (SpiderOak University) will be able to take quizzes to get FREE storage! Get all the answers right? You get 2GBs added to your account. Miss one or more questions? You’ll get 1GB added to your account. Anyone can take the quizzes and earn, but you can only take each quiz once, so study hard!

Are you ready to put your thinking cap on? We sure hope so. We look forward to seeing you in class. Visit SpiderOak University.

Explaining SpiderOak Through a Comic

As employees of a cloud service, we’ve seen our fair share of puzzled looks when trying to explain what the “cloud” is and how it works. In an effort to amuse ourselves, we’ve invented an alternate theory of how SpiderOak works.

While the real SpiderOak is on the cutting edge of privacy and encryption, this SpiderOak involves real clouds, bi-planes, and a cabana where your computers hang out. We hope you enjoy it.

Python Web Developer, Kansas City or Remote

SpiderOak seeks to hire a web developer to build our next generation web presence and web applications. You will be working closely with our designers and our CEO, and you’ll get regular code feedback from internal application security teams. Key technologies we use for web development are Python, Django, and HTML5.

Started in 2007, SpiderOak provides desktop, web, and mobile software for backup, sync, and sharing, keeping user data encrypted and private. We provide consumer and enterprise solutions, created our own storage backend for archival data, and run our own data centers. Most of what SpiderOak creates is free and open source software, and most of it is Python. You’ll be expected to have mastery of HTML-related presentation technologies, from HTML layouts with CSS to JavaScript-based UI frameworks and Bootstrap. Prior knowledge of the Django ecosystem of reusable apps would be beneficial but not absolutely required.

SpiderOak is a distributed, virtual-office, work-from-home company. Any developer we hire will have to be a top-notch communicator. They will be expected to reliably show their face around our super-duper IRC channel at some point during typical US business hours (but there is no rigid scheduling) as well as jump in and communicate across our issue tracker, email, and wiki. SpiderOak spans eighteen timezones and communicating via the written word is essential.

If you want to join in on our merry adventure, you will need a functional grasp of English (don’t worry, we have several staff on-board already for whom it’s a second or third language). You may also be expected to occasionally travel (at company expense). Important cities in the SpiderOakVerse are San Francisco, CA, Kansas City, MO, and Chicago, IL (for reference, these three cities make up about half of SpiderOak). A sense of humor is always appreciated and welcome.

Still interested? Send an email to jobs@spideroak.com including “web dev 2013″ in the subject with a little about yourself and your experience to date (a ‘cover letter’ if you will). English only, please. We also will want to see a portfolio of your work. It’s OK if you’re fresh and it’s thin- we want to see what you’re capable of and how you put pages together.

Some of the most useful programmers we’ve known don’t have well representing resumes, so we have no “minimum” requirements for degrees. We’re also super-equal-opportunity: quality design knows no bounds for race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, species[1], or religion. If you can meet what we need, we’ll do amazing things together, no matter who, what, or where you are.

Footnotes:

1: Giant Pandas will be encouraged because, in the words of our new QA person, “AAAAhhhh-dorable!!!!”

Share Why You Love SpiderOak, Enter to Win 100GBs for Life

Our loyal customers have continually helped us create a better product and develop and grow as a company. It is crucial in our efforts to best serve you. We could not thank you enough.

Many of you have reached out to us in the past about why you use SpiderOak and what you think about specific features. At times we have carefully shared your feedback to show real-life examples of people who have embraced ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy, and why it is important.

5 PEOPLE WILL WIN 100GBs FOR LIFE

For the next three days, we want our fans, loyal customers and anyone who loves SpiderOak to speak up and tell us, tell the world, WHY.

Consider these questions (you do not need to answer all of these q’s, they are only to help you share your thoughts; you are welcome to pick one, or just write a paragraph):

  • Would you recommend our product? Why?
  • What has pleased you the most about SpiderOak or one of our product features?
  • What do you think about SpiderOak?
  • What concerns might have prevented you from buying or using SpiderOak?
  • What is your favorite feature? Why?

Of course, we welcome any and all of your feedback. The last entry will be taken Friday June 14 at 11:59 pm CT. We will randomly select FIVE positive testimonials who will win a 100GB account for life. Three of those people will have the opportunity to be featured on our site. We will announce the winners next Monday June 17. 

How can you participate?

We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

Security, Privacy & Encryption 101 Roundup

As you know, privacy and security is not something we take lightly. In our efforts to help educate our fellow humans on their importance and the role they play in our lives on and offline, we’ve compiled the below list of recent news, resources and tips.

[For the past few weeks we've focused on encryption. If you missed them: Just Because It's Encrypted Doesn't Mean It's Private and Encryption 101.]

If you would like to share links or resources we’ve missed, we encourage you to do so below.

May Highlight

Education

News & Information

Breaches

Tools

Interesting Reads

Comics

Tips

  • Don’t send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website’s security
  • Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net)
  • Install and maintain anti-virus software, firewalls, and email filters to reduce suspicious traffic
  • Don’t use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed
  • Use both lowercase and capital letters in your passwords
  • Use different passwords on different systems
  • Do business with credible companies
  • Do not use your primary email address in online submissions
  • Devote one credit card to online purchases
  • Encrypting data is a good way to protect sensitive information. It ensures that the data can only be read by the person who is authorized to have access to it
  • Use two-factor authentication if available (coming soon to SpiderOak)
  • Back up all of your data on a regular basis