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Data Privacy Day Discount – Protect Your Data with 28% Off

Data Privacy Day SpiderOak 2014 discount promotionTomorrow, Tues. Jan 28 is Data Privacy Day.

This month we are raising awareness about the importance of protecting your data by joining the efforts of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and hundreds of other organizations around the world. Read more about Data Privacy Day.

So help us celebrate! Enjoy 28% off all yearly plans for private backup, sync and share. This offer ends Friday Jan. 31 at 12 a.m. CST.

Already a user? Upgrading is easy:

  1. Login to your account.
  2. Go to Account tab at the top right.
  3. Select Upgrade Plan on the left under your name.
  4. Enter DataPrivacyDay in the promotional code field and select Update. When you see ‘Promo code DataPrivacyDay’ confirmed, select your plan size under Yearly Billing and click next. Congrats – you have 28% off!

New user? Welcome! Here’s what you do:

  1. Get started now and create your account.
  2. Download and install the client.
  3. Click  ‘Buy More Space’ in the client itself, or via the web portal (which you can only login to once you’ve downloaded the client). In the web portal, you will go to Account, and then choose Upgrade My Plan.
  4. Enter DataPrivacyDay in the promotional code field and select Upgrade.  Choose which plan you want under Yearly Billing. Congrats – you have 28% off!

Remember, store your data encrypted, and don’t give away the keys. What better way to secure your data than with this Data Privacy Day discount?

If you missed it, learn what you can expect from SpiderOak in 2014.

Happy DPD!

Privacy is something to be shared. Please pass it on.

Download The Newest Version of SpiderOak

Today we are proud to release our newest version – SpiderOak 5.0.

DOWNLOAD 5.0 – HERE

The most significant addition is SpiderOak Hive – a simple drag and drop folder that allows you to sync files across all your devices. For more information on Hive, feel free to visit https://spideroak.com/hive/.

 

You can read about several other new features, enhancements and bug fixes at SpiderOak Launches 5.0 Beta.

Please reach out with any thoughts or questions. We look forward to continuing development and making SpiderOak the best it can be.

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 worldbackupday.com.

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

No Excuses – Back up Your Data!

This week, we want to make sure you all know how important it is to keep your data backed up. As I mentioned on our World Backup Day post, it’s not only making backups that is important; It’s making sure that your backups actually work.

We generate an enormous amount of data in our personal and professional lives. From photos to videos, financial records to emails, documents to music – it would be devastating to lose this data. Sadly, it does happen. But you can prevent it.

Data backup is EASY to do and can save you a great amount of time as well as ensure that your data is secure in the case of disaster. However, we’ve heard a lot of excuses. It is time to put those excuses aside and back up your data TODAY.

Excuses, Excuses

“My computer won’t crash!” Of course you’ve had your computer for a while and haven’t had problems so far. Why worry about it now? This “it won’t happen to me” approach will haunt you later. Data backup is about protecting your data’s future. Look at it like an insurance policy.

“I’ve thought about it but just haven’t gotten around to doing it…” We are all busy. Work, family, friends… Why take time out of your day to maintain data backups? We can empathize with you on how daunting it may seem. However, today’s backup software manufacturers make it easy. Only a few steps are involved in most online backup solutions. With SpiderOak, you merely set it and forget it.

“I don’t know how to backup data.” Fear not. A lot of you understand how important it is, but you are just not sure where to start. You have a few options. Removable media (CDs and zip drives) were once a go-to option. This option just narrows the field a little. External hard drives would be an excellent start. Simply copy folders to your external hard drive and that is your first backup! We’d also recommend a cloud option. There are several that allow ease and flexibility.

Lack of knowledge or denial about the fragility of data storage media is the most common reason, which isn’t an excuse at all. Most people just don’t think about it. That is why we are here!

Do you have any stories to share, or excuses you have heard? We’d love to hear them! Here is a story we’d like to share with you from one of our users:

Also, please be sure to spread the word as we gear up towards World Backup Day, March 31st. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook or our blog for more news and deals.

Sign up TODAY and get 5 GBs for FREE

Note: The code “WorldBackupDay” will replace your current amount with 5GBs if you are an existing member.

Don’t be an April Fool. Participate in World Backup Day on 3/31

Stop for a second and think about this: if you were to wake up one morning and find that your computer would not boot up, what would you do? Unfortunately, many of you have probably experienced a similar tragedy.

Some facts:

 

  • A hard drive is a mechanical device, and as such is the most failure-prone component in your computer.
  • If you need to recover your data when the drive fails, you will probably have to pay hundreds of dollars to a recovery service, and there is no guarantee that your data will be fully recovered.
  • The real-world observed failure rate on hard drives is around 3%, and much worse under non-ideal conditions.
  • Accidents happen, whether it’s a coffee dumped on your laptop or a stuck delete key that sends an important folder to the trash without you noticing. Human error is one of the main culprits.
  • Laptops and cellphones are attractive targets for a thief.

 

Remember, it’s not only making backups that is important; It’s making sure that your backups actually work! Participate in World Backup Day (March 31) with us and start backing up your data with SpiderOak today, and we’ll make sure your data is safe so you’re not an April fool:

5 free GB for new users – your World Backup Day deal

Sign-up HERE or use the promo code “WorldBackupDay” manually through your account.

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!

 

Note: This code will replace your current amount with 5GBs if you are an existing member.

DON’T BE AN APRIL FOOL! Join us and learn more at worldbackupday.com.

Affiliate Spotlight: CloudBackupReviews.com

This week we’ve re-launched our Affiliate Program and invite you to consider the possibilities and benefits. If you missed info on commission, merchant reputation and product service and relevancy, catch up here.

We have looked at a few of our affiliates who have been gracious enough to share their experience with the program and how it has changed their business. However, we have many more that help sell our industry-leading Zero-Knowledge product.

A few more Affiliate Members

Meet Eric from Cloud Backup Reviews

Backups are essential. With so many hard drives failing each year, the cloud continues to be one of the safest places for your data. Cloud Backup Reviews is a site to help you find the best backup solution that is right for you.

How long have you been an affiliate with SpiderOak?

RS: For about three and a half years now. My first email to the SpiderOak team was in June of 2009.

How has the SpiderOak affiliate program proved to be for you?

RS: It’s been a good program for me, but I’m really excited about the program moving to ShareASale. The network is a bit more standardized than the internal program was, and as an affiliate, I can get more information out of it. SpiderOak makes great backup software – leave the affiliate tracking to the experts at ShareASale :)

What are the benefits and challenges of being an affiliate?

RS: Well, the primary benefit is we get to make money, but affiliates are also some of the first to hear about new features, promotions, and get to try out beta software. Since affiliates like myself, who focus on the cloud backup industry, know this area so well, we’re great for giving feedback on new features.

What makes an affiliate program successful?

RS: An affiliate program is successful when both the merchant (ex: SpiderOak) and the affiliate (ex: me) treat each other honestly and fairly, as partners with a common goal. As soon as one party tries to take advantage of the other, the relationship falls apart.

What trends are you seeing with affiliate programs?

RS: Programs are moving away from up-front CPA (cost per acquisition) commissions, and more towards a percentage of the customer’s value over time. CPA models beg for fraud, as the merchant may pay out $40 on a $5 monthly subscription, so the affiliate will sign up hundreds of users (at $5, then collect $40) and cancel after a month. When affiliates send real, qualified traffic, everyone makes out better when taking into account the true value of the customer.

What are your goals this coming year?

RS: I’ve already made some changes to my Cloud Backup Reviews site, including all my reviews being driven from a central database and a new series which I hand-curate called, “This Week in Cloud Backups.” In it, I choose the most interesting topics from the industry, and publish it weekly.

What is something most people wouldn’t know about being an affiliate?

RS: I’m not at the beach, on my laptop. I’m at home, and it’s cold outside. Affiliate success doesn’t happen overnight, if at all. Anything you need to know about being a successful affiliate is available for free. Don’t keep buying those $37 infoproducts and expect to find a secret to success. The secret is: work hard, keep learning, and don’t give up.

You can be an affiliate too.

We’re excited to grow our Affiliate Program and push it to the next level. Be sure to check outOur Reseller Program and SIGN UP NOW. You can be the next great addition to the SpiderOak Affiliate Program. We look forward to working with you!

Affiliate Spotlight: OnlineBackupDeals.com

This week we’ve re-launched our Affiliate Program and invite you to consider the possibilities and benefits. If you missed info on commission, merchant reputation and product service and relevancy, catch up here.

We are going to take a look at a few of our affiliates who have been gracious enough to share their experience with the program and how it has changed their business.

Meet Lee from Online Backup Deals

Backups are essential. There are a plethora of services that do many of the same things. Online Backup Deals is a site to help you find the best backup solution that is right for you.

How long have you been an affiliate with SpiderOak?

RS: Since your in house program started and then I moved over to the ShareASale program when it became available.

How you are enjoying the affiliate program?

RS: Overall it has been good. The move to ShareASale has been nice since there are more ways for me to create links to specific pages on the SpiderOak website. The additional tracking that is available through ShareASale has been nice as well to see what content has been working well and what has not.

How has the SpiderOak affiliate program proved to be for you?

RS: The SpiderOak program has been a good program to be a part of. It is one of my best programs on ShareASale and the payout is great. There are only a few programs that pay as much as SpiderOak does for paid accounts.

What are the benefits and challenges of being an affiliate?

RS: The benefit is always knowing that you referred people to a service that is good and will help them keep their files safe and secure. Of course making some extra money every month to do that is a nice bonus. Being an affiliate is also beneficial having young kids because I have more time to spend with them and can work on affiliate work when I have time.

Perhaps the biggest challenge I have, being a content affiliate, is coming up with new ways to talk about a service and making it interesting for readers.

What makes an affiliate program successful?

RS: There are a lot of things that make an affiliate program successful but I think it usually comes down to two essential things.

  1. A good product or service.
  2. A good affiliate manager to support the affiliates.

If a company has a great service it is easier to find ways to promote the service and talk about how it solves a problem that people might be having. Even if you have a good service that is easy to promote without a good affiliate manager to support the affiliates it can be hard to want to promote a service. SpiderOak has both, a good service to promote and an affiliate manager that stays on top of problems and is easy to reach for support.

What trends are you seeing with affiliate programs?

RS: There has been a trend of moving away from affiliate programs being run in house to being hosted on a network. The SpiderOak program is an example of that move. The networks are able to help companies find stronger affiliates and helps to provide more trust between the company and the affiliate. Nothing like referring people to a company as an affiliate and then the company not paying for those referrals. Using a network allows for more transparency between the company and the affiliate.

What are your goals this coming year?

RS: Pretty much the same as other years; Continue to make a website that helps people choose the right online backup solution.

What is something most people wouldn’t know about being an affiliate?

RS: Trying to explain to people what I do. A lot of people simply do not understand how affiliate marketing works or what it is. In the end I usually just end up telling people that I make websites for a living, it is just easier that way.

We’re excited to grow our Affiliate Program and push it to the next level. Check out Our Reseller Program and SIGN UP NOW. You can be the next great addition to the SpiderOak Affiliate Program. We look forward to working with you!

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.

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

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.