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72 hours only: 28% off an annual plan for Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day (DPD) began in 2008 and is held every year on January 28th. As the big day approaches this Monday and buzz continues around Kim Dotcom’s Mega, we are excited to keep privacy front and center.

Embrace ‘Zero-Knowledge’ Privacy for Data Privacy Day with our 72 hour special promotion:

28% off ALL Yearly Storage Plans

For a limited time only, get 100GB for only $78 per year! (Regular pricing: $100/year.) Take advantage by visiting SpiderOak.com/signup and use the promo code “DataPrivacyDay” in your account settings.

Instructions for using the code:

  • Go to www.spideroak.com/signup if you are not a currently signed up.
  • You must first activate your account on your computer by opening the SpiderOak downloaded application and selecting “Activate First Device.”
  • If you have not yet downloaded SpiderOak, you may do so here: Download SpiderOak.
  • Once activated, go to our homepage.
  • At the top right side, you will see “Login.” Click here and enter your credentials.
  • When you are logged in, you will click “Account” in the top right corner.
  • You will then select the orange “Buy More Space” button.
  • Once on the Account Details page, you will select “Upgrade My Plan” to the right.
  • On this page, you will see a “Promotional Code” box.
  • Type “DataPrivacyDay” in this box and select “Update”
  • You should see the discount in the ‘Yearly Billing’ drop down. If so, click “Next.”
  • Your account is now updated. Enjoy!
  • DPD’s focus is on raising awareness about the importance of protecting privacy online. Many individuals, companies, organizations, and even government agencies are helping spread awareness about respecting privacy. If you’re on Twitter, join the conversation about safeguarding data with the hashtag #DPD13.

    Here are some of the people already talking about DPD:

    On Monday we’re making a big announcement about the future of privacy in the cloud, and we’ll also offer some privacy tips for everyday life. In the meantime, please ‘Like Us’ on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and help us spread the good privacy word.

    Privacy MadLibs Follow Up & Winners

    A big thank you to everyone who participated in our privacy MadLib. We not only enjoyed everyone’s submissions but also valuable comments and suggestions about how we can improve an activity like this in the future. We will definitely do so!

    Find our answer key below and the top three submissions. Before we do…

    Here is our key

    We think individuals and companies don’t have to {compromise} their {privacy} online. Companies who can’t offer privacy are forced to sell security alone. However, we believe the cloud can be a perfectly safe place as well.

    Privacy has been and will always be a priority for SpiderOak. Everything we {plan} for meets our ‘Zero-Knowledge Privacy Standard’, which means no one at SpiderOak can see your {private} plaintext data.

    SpiderOak is often referred to as “the secure alternative to Dropbox”. Our founders {created} SpiderOak in 2007 with the ultimate idea to create an environment where they didn’t even have to trust the people that work at SpiderOak. It was {carefully} built in to the product.

    We are very proud of how SpiderOak has evolved over the past several years. Once you download our {flexible} {product}, you can use our software online to back up, share, sync, access and privately store data for only $10/month. You can {access} your data from anywhere, from any device: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora & openSUSE). We also offer SpiderOak Blue, which provides the same security and privacy you know and love to businesses. The financial, healthcare, legal, and accounting sectors with sensitive data are especially keen on the {flexibility} SpiderOak Blue provides.

    Thanks for making the web a safe place with us! We predict 2013 will be ‘The {year} of {privacy}. What do you think?

    The winners are…

    • First Place: Alexkorff
    • Second Place: Happybeing
    • Third Place: Mscarborough

    Congrats and stay tuned for some more games and opportunities to win free GBs.

    Introducing Privacy MadLibs: Win Free Storage

    Some of us here at SpiderOak loved the game MadLibs when we were younger. If you remember, MadLibs are silly word games that create a new story by changing a few selected words. That is what we want you to do to the text below…

    HOW TO PLAY

    All you have to do is submit your answers/words in the order they appear, in the comments section below (with your username). We will publish our key tomorrow, along with the top three submissions that get closest to the right answers.

    • First Place: 7 GBs
    • Second Place: 5 GBS
    • Third Place: 3 GBs

    We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    SpiderOak MadLib

    We think individuals and companies don’t have to {Verb} their {Noun} online. Companies who can’t offer privacy are forced to sell security alone. However, we believe the cloud can be a perfectly safe place as well.

    Privacy has been and will always be a priority for SpiderOak. Everything we {Verb} for meets our ‘Zero-Knowledge Privacy Standard’, which means no one at SpiderOak can see your {Adjective} plaintext data.

    SpiderOak is often referred to as “the secure alternative to Dropbox”. Our founders {Verb – Past Tense} SpiderOak in 2007 with the ultimate idea to create an environment where they didn’t even have to trust the people that work at SpiderOak. It was {Adverb} built in to the product.

    We are very proud of how SpiderOak has evolved over the past several years. Once you download our {Adjective} {Noun}, you can use our software online to back up, share, sync, access and privately store data for only $10/month. You can {Verb} your data from anywhere, from any device: Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora & openSUSE). We also offer SpiderOak Blue, which provides the same security and privacy you know and love to businesses. The financial, healthcare, legal, and accounting sectors with sensitive data are especially keen on the {Noun} SpiderOak Blue provides.

    Thanks for making the web a safe place with us! We predict 2013 will be ‘The {Noun} of {Noun}. What do you think?

    SpiderOak Black Friday Deal

    EXPIRED: This offer is now closed.

    Some consumers dream of Black Friday all year long, enjoying the predawn moment when they can run the door-buster gauntlet. 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 this weekend.

    No standing in line!

    For the next 3 days, you will be able to upgrade your account and get a wonderful 35% discount off all yearly plans.

    Use this promotion code to upgrade your free account: BlackFriday

    (If you aren’t yet a SpiderOak user, but want to take advantage of this deal: Sign up here, download and install the software, go to your account and click ‘Buy More Space’ and use the promo code above.)

    Our deal will start at midnight on Thanksgiving, November 22nd through midnight Monday, November 26th.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    What people are saying about SpiderOak (Pt. 2)

    We’re thankful for you. We said it Friday, and we aren’t quite done.

    One of our favorite things is getting to know SpiderOak users. Our loyal customers and fellow privacy fanatics have continually helped us create a better product and develop and grow as a company.

    Meet a few more users who were willing to share their SpiderOak story:

    Angela, the mother of four:

    Gary, the traveler:

    “Thank you again for your organization’s fabulous gift of your ‘cloud,’ to me and the friends to which I’ve referred to your company. Your tool allows me to:

    1. Reduce my stress and feel safer because I know that my roughly 25 years of docs are backed-up more securely than on a memory stick or DVD (which I used to use).
    2. Save energy, time and frustration because I no longer need to remember to and, then, manually back up my docs and sync my computers.
    3. Have enhanced convenience and travel about Toronto more lightly without having to drag my laptop because I can access my docs wherever I am in the world via the net.

    You won’t be surprised, given the above benefits that I receive from SpiderOak, that I have it loaded into my “Start-up File” on each of my desktops, laptop and wife’s computer so your [client] loads and runs automatically when I start to write. This enhances SpiderOak’s convenience even further for me.”

    Christopher, the Linux, Ubuntu and Windows user:

    “I am a person who has a certain amount of data I often need to access when I’m away from my workstation. Of course, I’m also concerned that just backing-up to my external drive could have risks. An excellent solution to these needs is the online backup service provided by SpiderOak.

    What’s striking about SpiderOak is the elegance and simplicity of the product. A small, easy-to-setup application sits on my Ubuntu and Windows desktops and backs up the data I have specified when it’s created or changed. It’s wonderful that it just gets on with the job without needing my intervention. I can easily make changes to my backup set, check my backed up data, or see how much of my free online storage I have used – which, by the way, is a really attractive feature with 1GB being allocated for each friend referred. I often setup networks and PCs for friends, etc, and I have found that SpiderOak is a great tool for storing useful files in a central location that I can access any time I need to. By using the simple web interface and downloading them I save myself the bother of constantly remembering to have to load a USB stick to carry them around. The same advantages apply when I setup new Linux distros on my own machines.

    I’ve also found SpiderOak a great tool to enhance security while travelling. I often travel in Europe on business and previously would carry a laptop or USB containing sensitive data. Yes, it was encrypted, but it gives me much more reassurance that I can now simply access that data securely from my company’s network by logging into my secure SpiderOak account.

    Last, but certainly not least, I really like how SpiderOak comes across. The website is simple to navigate and tells me all I need to know. There’s also an element of humour there and in the Twitter feed from @SpiderOak. I really appreciate this. Although I’ve never had a problem with the product, I have the feeling that although SpiderOak people take what they do very seriously, they don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s refreshing to discover a business that is not laden with empty marketing-speak and actually comes across as if it has pleasant human beings working for it who are interested in what I as a customer need. It must be a great place to work! Thank you for an excellent service.”

    What about you? What has been your SpiderOak experience? Leave a comment below.

    SpiderOak University Pop Quiz Answers #3

    First, we’d like to thank you for your participation. We had a great response to our final quiz. You all have graduated from SpiderOak University! You all should be proud.

    You will not be notified when your account has been upgraded so just check your account to see your change. Many of you will receive 3 GBs if you got all the questions right, and the rest of you will receive 1 GB. That being said, let’s get to what you are really waiting for.

    The Answers

    How many different computers can you include folders from in a ShareRoom?

    All of them.

    What is a central repository?

    A place where things may be put for safekeeping.

    What is one thing that is really important when finding a cloud provider?

    To ensure that my data is very private so no one can view what is being stored.

    What platforms does SpiderOak support?

    Linux, Windows, Mac

    What discount do students / university staff / professors get?

    None of the above. (50% off)

    Which video does Ethan Oberman draw a bad version of a phone?

    Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

    True/False: SpiderOak is 100% secure.

    False (SpiderOak is 100% private. Security can be very strong but not 100% secure)

    How could you use SpiderOak to expand your lifespan?

    Have your DNA sequenced store it and back it up securely with SpiderOak, and in your old age, use the record of your undamaged DNA to repair your cell.

    SpiderOak University Pop Quiz #3

    For the past 5 weeks, we have posted videos about SpiderOak and our product. I hope you’ve been paying attention because we have some specific questions for you!

    Pop Quiz

    It is simple. All you have to do is answer the questions below. If you get all questions correct, we will give you 3 GBs of extra space. For those of you who may miss a few, we will give you 1 GB for trying.

    Just like any other quiz, there is a time limit so please submit your quiz within 24 hours. After which time, no storage will be awarded. This is our last quiz for SpiderOak University. Thank you very much for your participation and we hope you have learned a lot about SpiderOak!

    Good Luck! Remember – you can enjoy 50% off your private backup/sync/share account by signing up with your school address.

    Sign up today.

    Fill out my online form.

    Central Repository 101: Where Does Your Data Live?

    Welcome to SpiderOak University. If you’re a student, new user, or a lover of continuous learning, this month we’re talking to you.

    This is our last week of posting video shorts where SpiderOak CEO Ethan Oberman uses a whiteboard to explain some of our basic product functionalities. School yourself and keep an eye out for our last POP QUIZ this week so you can receive extra GBs.

    Ethan Oberman shows off how SpiderOak centralizes ALL your data across all platforms and devices.

    Do you have a .edu email address? Don’t forget – you can enjoy 50% off your private backup/sync/share account:

    Sign up today.

    Sharing 101: Family, Friends, Colleagues, or Clients

    Welcome to SpiderOak University. If you’re a student, new user, or a lover of continuous learning, this month we’re talking to you.

    We’ll be posting a couple video shorts each week where SpiderOak CEO Ethan Oberman uses a whiteboard to explain some of our basic product functionalities. School yourself and keep an eye out for our next POP QUIZ so you can receive extra GBs.

    SpiderOak sharing function is engineered to create flexibility and convenience for you, in a private environment.

    Do you have a .edu email address? Don’t forget – you can enjoy 50% off your private backup/sync/share account:

    Sign up today.

    SpiderOak University Pop Quiz #2 Answers

    First, we’d like to thank you for your participation. We had a great response! Quiz #2 is now closed and we will begin grading your answers. You will not be notified when your account has been upgraded so just check your account to see your change. Many of you will receive 2 GBs if you got all the questions right, and the rest of you will receive 1 GB. That being said, let’s get to what you are really waiting for.

    The Answers

    Where is your data first encrypted when uploading to SpiderOak?
    Video: ‘Zero-Knowledge’ 101: What It Is & What It Means to You

    Locally on your device.

    What is the only thing SpiderOak sees when uploading data to our servers?
    Video: ‘Zero-Knowledge’ 101: What It Is & What It Means to You

    A bunch of encrypted data blocks.

    What does ‘Zero-Knowledge’ Privacy Environment mean?
    Video: ‘Zero-Knowledge’ 101: What It Is & What It Means to You

    Only you have access to your data. Not even SpiderOak employees can access data on the servers.

    What are the five features that make SpiderOak different?
    Video: Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

    Share, access, sync, storage, and backup

    What if something happens to your computer and you have to get another one?
    Video: Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

    Everything is backed up. Attach it to my SpiderOak account and regain access to the data on that account.

    True/False: Your data is still stored on our servers even if you get rid of all your computers.
    Video: Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

    True