Conversations about life & privacy in the digital age

Let’s Be in Perfect Sync

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 CEO Ethan Oberman discusses the sync function and how it benefits the you.

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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.

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Your reaction? The mining of your personal data

Last Monday, CEO Ethan Oberman spoke with Bloomberg West’s Jon Erlichman about companies like Facebook and Google “Mining Our Personal Data For Profit.” (If you missed it, check it out here.)

We want to hear from you.

  • Have you ever seen ads targeted at you based on a search you’ve performed on Google? Helpful or harmful?
  • Based on personal information you’ve given a company, have you been Targeted? Remember this story in the New York Times earlier this year? “How Companies Learn Your Secrets”.

Leave us a comment below and tell us your story.

And if you missed any of our media sweeps this month, check them out here:


SpiderOak in Media

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

SpiderOak University Pop Quiz #2

This week, we posted a few 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 2 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. But don’t worry – We will have more quizzes while SpiderOak University is in session.

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.

Features 101: 5 Characteristics That Make SpiderOak Different

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 tomorrow so you can receive extra GBs.


Apologies for the brief blackout in this video

Whether you need to access a document you have stored on a remote server, synchronize data between a Mac, Windows or Linux device, share important business documents with your clients, or just rest easy knowing all of your data is safely, securely, and automatically backed up – SpiderOak is there for you. Ethan Oberman shows off 5 distinct characteristics.

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

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Zero-Knowledge 101: What It Is & What It Means to You

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 QUIZon Friday so you can receive extra GBs.

Who can you trust? This is an important question in today’s race to the cloud. We’ve worked hard over the past six years to build a trustworthy product that upholds user privacy above all else. SpiderOak CEO Ethan Oberman explains how SpiderOak developed its ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy policy, what it is, and how it works.

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

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SpiderOak University Pop Quiz Answers

First, we’d like to thank you for your participation. We had a great response! The quiz 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

What was one way a company dealt with the proliferation of data? {Video: How we got here}

By letting users go around a VPN to access their data across all their devices.

What is a “VPN?” {Video: How we got here}

Virtual Private Network

What was one way our CEO, Ethan Oberman, got data off his Mac to his PC in 2006? {Video: Intro – How SpiderOak Was Built}

Built SpiderOak around an idea to have one central repository.

What is our privacy policy called? {Video: Intro – How SpiderOak Was Built}

Zero-Knowledge

True/False: You can go back at any point to retrieve any file you accidentally deleted or lost on any one of your devices. {Video: Our History – Dedication to True Backup & Privacy}

True

SpiderOak University Pop Quiz

No two words can fill students with more dread than “pop quiz.” However, evidence suggests that quizzes can help students learn. We at SpiderOak are always learning from our customers. In fact, we pretty much expect a pop quiz every day.

Since last week, we have been posting videos about SpiderOak and our product. I hope you’ve been paying attention because we have some specific questions for you!

How to participate

It is simple. All you have to do is answer the questions below. If you get all questions correct, we will give you 2 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. But don’t worry – We will have more quizzes while SpiderOak University is in session.

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.

Our History – Dedication to True Backup & Privacy

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 FIRST QUIZ tomorrow so you can receive extra GBs.

What is true backup? How do we ensure privacy and security for all your data? Learn how to store historical versions of your data with SpiderOak.

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

Sign up today.