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“GB for Life for a TIP You Recite”: Share Your Privacy Tips, Earn Free GBs

**Thanks for submitting your tips! This promotion is now closed as of Sunday Jan. 26. Get 28% off yearly plans until the end of Jan.**

No one is better at protecting their online privacy than SpiderOak users. Our users are some of the best privacy experts in the world. They are extremely intentional about what they do – or don’t do – online, with their data and personal information.

So as Data Privacy Day (DPD) approaches on Tues. Jan. 28, we want to collect some of your key privacy tips and give you free GBs to show our thanks. Then we will share the Top Privacy Tips submitted here on the blog on DPD to help others protect their privacy online.


Submit your top privacy tip(s) via:

  • A comment on this post
  • Email campaigns[at]spideroak[dot]com
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Be sure to include your username so we can give you a GB!

New user? Quickly sign up for a free account (which automatically gives you 2 Free GBs for life) then submit your tip and new username and we will give you the additional GBs in this promotion.

Details: This giveaway closes Sunday Jan. 26 (12 pm CST). A maximum of 3GBs can be earned per person. You are welcome to submit more than three privacy tips, but 3GBs is as much as you can earn. Please do not share your tips in more than more place (i.e. via email, comment, and Facebook). GBs will be added to your account by the end of January, thanks for your patience!

But wait, there’s more!

We helped put together this quick and easy way to test your privacy IQ. Answer these 10 questions and see how good you are at protecting your online privacy:

How’d you do?


Thanks for sharing your top privacy tips! Learn more about Data Privacy Day.

2013 State of Privacy Survey

In an effort to better understand how people like you perceive privacy, we created an eight-question survey for you to share your opinions. We’ve been collecting thousands of responses over the last two weeks and look forward to publishing the results.


Submit your answers and enter to win one of the awesome prizes below.

The survey closes on Monday, August 19th.

Thank you for participating and good luck!

Linux Users: Are You Über Leet? Show Us Your Hacks

Leet greetz to all the linux hackers out there. System Administrator Appreciation Day is next week (July 26). Because:

  1. SpiderOak has a large number of Linux users (inside and out)
  2. The Linux community has long been a do-it-yourself crowd of folks willing to solve their own problems…

We want to tap into your expertise. We know you’ve got skillz so join us for SysAdmin Day! Enter, and you might win 100GB/year.

So give us a shout, via a blog comment, on Facebook, or Twitter:

  • Are you uber leet? Show us your Hacks!
  • Give us your best script (Bash, Perl, Python, whatever!), commandline hack (–datadir ftw!) or anything that gives you bragging rights (ever figured out that prefs.dat is portable? Why? That’s gotta be a good story.)
  • What quirky, zany and inventive ways do you use SpiderOak on Linux?
  • Tips & tricks?
  • Do you have any Linux stories we should hear?

In a week, we will publish the TOP 10 LINUX HACKS for SpiderOak Users. If you make the list, you win 100GB for a year. (Last entry will be taken 11:59 CT on Wed. July 24.)

And heck – if you tell us a story that is that K-rad, we’ve got 50GB honorable mention prizes. Come at us, bro!

Thanks for being such a strong, loyal community. You be some badass h4ck3rz.

Restore the Fourth: Secure Your Privacy with 4GBs Free(dom)

This week we are supporting Restore the Fourth‘s online efforts to drive awareness and action against unconstitutional digital surveillance. Be sure to join the conversation on Reddit and Twitter via #restorethe4th.

In solidarity, we are offering 4GBs free to new users and 25% off annual plans for existing users. Embrace our zero-knowledge privacy this week as you safely, privately and securely back up the data that is most important to you. See below for more information on how to take advantage of this limited-time deal.


The Fourth Amendment was carefully written for the express purpose of limiting the government’s ability to violate the deserved privacy of its law-abiding constituents. We celebrate our freedom this week by asking the government to acknowledge privacy with respect to digital communications data.

Another way you can take action is by visiting and sign a letter that demands the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs.


If you are a new user, sign up for 4GBs free for life when you sign up HERE.

If you already use and love SpiderOak, use the code restorethe4th when you upgrade your yearly plan to receive 25% off – that means only $75 per year, or $6.25 a month, for 100Gbs. Here’s how:

  • Open your ‘account’ through the accounts tab in the SpiderOak client or click the ‘Buy more space’ button.
  • On the Account Details page, select “Upgrade My Plan” to the right.
  • On this page, you will see a “Promotional Code” box.
  • Type “restorethe4th” in this box and select “Update”
  • You will see the discount 4GB free option as well as the 25% discount to yearly plans.
  • Choose your promotion and continue the ‘checkout’ process.

Note: The ’4 GB FREE’ offer is intended for new users. Selecting this promotion as a current user will replace your existing storage with 4 GBs.

Offer ends July 4th at 11:59 PM CDT.

Enjoy, and thank you again for your continued patronage and support.

Announcing the Five 100GB Winners

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our testimonial-100GB giveaway last week!


We had 110 entries across email, our blog and social media. We compiled and numbered all of them. Alan – our CTO and co-founder – ran a random number generation query and that is how we arrived at our five 100GB for life account winners.


  1. Exatto  (email)
  2. Justin M. (Google+)
  3. GM (blog)
  4. Tracy D. (email)
  5. Irving G. (Google+)

If you’ve won and haven’t heard from us, please email us at  with your username to claim your 100GBs.


Next month, we are updating the testimonials on our website. We’d love to use some of your submissions along with a real photo (with your permission). We will contact you if your testimonial is chosen and offer you 50GBs for life as a thank you.

High fives and tidal waves of gratitude from the SpiderOak team!

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.


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!

Special 5.0 Release Offer: 5GBs, 25% Off

We are proud of our new 5.0 release and want to thank everyone who tested it and provided valuable feedback along the way. Hearing about your experience helped us make a better product. Thank you!

SpiderOak 5.0 brings a number of features and bug fixes. With our new SpiderOak Hive folder, privacy meets simplicity. It’s now super easy to sync data with drag and drop functionality between your desktop, laptop and mobile devices. We also deployed OS integration, allowing right-click access to SpiderOak functions via the file browser on Windows (Explorer) and Macs (Finder). In addition, we have built SpiderOak mobile 2.0 from the ground up. You can find our newly updated mobile app in the App Store. For Android, it will arrive in the Google Play Store May 13th.

Starting today until Sunday, May 12th at 11:59 PM CDT, we offer you the following deals:

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New to SpiderOak? Get 5GBs FREE for life for you or your business when you signup and download 5.0. Click here to claim this offer. Available on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Already a SpiderOakian? Receive 25% off when you upgrade to an annual plan. That is only $75 per year for 100GBs of private, secure storage. Use the code “ILoveSpiderOak” to take advantage of this offer. Here’s how:

  • Open your ‘account’ through the accounts tab in the SpiderOak client or click the ‘Buy more space’ button.
  • On the Account Details page, select “Upgrade My Plan” to the right.
  • On this page, you will see a “Promotional Code” box.
  • Type “ILoveSpiderOak” in this box and select “Update”
  • You will see the discount 5GB free option as well as the 25% discount to yearly plans.
  • Choose your promotion and continue the ‘checkout’ process.

Note: The ’5 GB FREE’ offer is intended for new users. Selecting this promotion as a current user will replace your existing storage with 5 GBs.

Enjoy! Thank you again – above all – for your continued patronage and support.

Download the SpiderOak Mobile App for iOS by clicking the App Store button below.

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News Users: 50% Off All Annual Plans For World Backup Day – 48 Hours Only

Thanks for participating! 50% off offer is now invalid. You will still be able to use the code below. However, your account will be replaced with 5GBs.

For the first time in SpiderOak history, we are offering a 50% off discount for new users. We don’t want you to become an April fool when it is EASY to safely, securely, and privately backup all your photos, videos, music, and documents.

Get 50% off. Less than 48 hours only. Sign up HERE & use the code worldbackupday.

Instructions for using the code through the Spideroak client or your account page:


  • Open your ‘account’ through the accounts tab in the Spideroak client or click ‘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 “WorldBackupDay” in this box and select “Update”
  • You should see the discount 5GB free option as well as the 50% discount to yearly plans.
  • Choose the option you wish to use, and continue the ‘checkout’ process and you are done!


History of World Backup Day

A redditor originally suggested the idea of World Backup Day in March 2011. The reddit community quickly rallied with him to launch the first-ever backup “holiday.” Learn more by visiting

Two years later, this day means even more to us as digital consumption increases and more hard drives fail each day. Today we want you to join us in not only acknowledging World Backup Day, but also recognizing how important it is for your personal peace of mind to make sure all of your data is backed up.

Why It Matters

Your hard drive may contain hundreds of thousands of files. We want to make sure your files are protected from hardware failures, accidents, theft, the apocalypse – anything. Be sure to take advantage of this deal today so you’re not an April fool. Share this discount with those you love so they can safely back up their data too. Do you run a business? Learn more about how your enterprise can backup its important data or sensitive client information with SpiderOak’s ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy encrypted backup.

Helpful Backup Tips

For extra precaution, here are some helpful backup tips for you to practice and share with your friends and family:

  • Compose your documents with frequent saves to your computer’s hard disk, and always consider that version to be your “original”
  • When you stop working on a project, or when you reach a point where your project needs extra protection, “back up” by saving the file(s) to removable media, usually flash drive.
  • Also store backups in a separate physical location.
  • The second time you create a backup of a document, make it on separate media from the first backup.
  • If you must do significant editing to a document, save it under a different name. Continue to use new names with each edition, being careful not to delete the old saves until you are 100% sure that you will never need them.
  • For extra protection, periodically print your documents.
  • If you have lots of software installed on your computer that would be time consuming to reinstall, consider doing a backup of the entire hard drive.
  • Test restoration. Sometimes computers and humans make mistakes, and sometimes things break.

Thanks for making this day fun, and your help spreading the word. Preempt tragedy and save your data with SpiderOak.

We’ve got your back(up).

Discount starts March 31 and ends April 1 at 11:59pm CST

SpiderOak’s Cutest Tech Couples Results

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our cutest tech couples contest. We enjoyed everyone’s submissions! Valentines Day is about love and we love what our users do for us. Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day.

And with no further ado… The 3 winning people are as follows:

    • First place: Darran C.
    • Second Place: Kevin Y.
    • Third Place: Brandon A.


First place received 15 Facebook “Likes” and chose SpiderOak and Keepass because his life would be safe, secure and in Sync.

Second place chose Microsoft and Barnes & Noble. “Once adversaries in court yet now pushed into a marriage of convenience, the two find themselves meeting secretly in a quiet nook to discuss their future prospects as the wealthy yet socially awkward Microsoft finds itself in desperate need of more content for its nascent media ecosystem while the increasingly desperate B&N wistfully longs to return to its glory days, having been pushed aside from the spotlight by an ambitious and fiery Amazon.”

Third place chose Roku and Comcast. He says, “Roku was ahead of the curve in the streaming box revolution, but like Tivo, ultimately is going to lose out to those with bigger pockets. In the end, it will be Comcast’s desire (like it or not) to expand it’s exclusivity zone of content, streaming, and now news (NBC) that will make this the perfect marriage. The set-top box is the new battlefield for gated communities of content.”

But there is one more winner… YOU!

You all can take advantage of 14% off all yearly plans starting today!

Here is how you can use the SOLove code:



  • Go to 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 “SOlove” 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!


SpiderOak’s Cutest Tech Couples Contest

Ahh, lovebirds. You know the type. That sickeningly sweet pair featured in our favorite romantic comedies.

We at SpiderOak are not known for being matchmakers when it comes to romance, but we’d like to think we found the perfect match between you and your data. You and your data are quite the pair. Now we want to know your thoughts on future tech power couples.

The new power couples in tech – who do you think that would be?

We want you to look at all the companies today and let us know who you think would make the perfect couple and why. Let’s take Microsoft and Skype for example. Their eyes locked when discussing issues like CIO and enterprise IT. Skype was wooed on their first date under the Silicon Valley stars. Eventually, it became a match in heaven after they realized they had so much in common in LTE based networks and mobile trends. Who’s next?

Name Your Couple

Post your match on our Facebook page or on Twitter and tell us why you think your two picks would make a good love connection. Based on the number of Facebook ‘Likes,’ or retweets we’ll award first, second, and third place best matches. On Twitter, use the hashtag #SOLove with your submissions.


    • First place: 14 Gigs
    • Second Place: 10 Gigs
    • Third Place: 5 Gigs
    • Everyone else: 14% off all yearly plans


Cupid will reveal the winners on February 14th. We can’t wait to see your matches!

Help spread the word!

Copy and paste this tweet: Name the perfect tech power couple & why for a chance to win free GBs #SOLove #Vday