Conversations about life & privacy in the digital age

What if your Password was drowning?

Letters. Numbers. Characters. Lowercase. Uppercase. 8. 10. 20. 30 – 60 – 90 days.

In this age we are protected as much by passwords, pins, and codes as we are by the civil servants, alarms, or medicines. There is a difference of course – one will only protect your identity, money, personal possessions; the other looks after your safety, well-being, and health. If your money and your life were drowning next to each other and you could only choose one to save – which would it be?

It is important to think about these matters now and again as it provides a greater context for your life, who you are, and what you value. However you answer the question above or thousands of others just like it, there is no judgement or ruling or criticism. How could their be and why.

I am perhaps a strange person to bring up such questions as we make our living protecting the items that you would most likely let drowned if given the choice. This of course is not to make light of what we do and how we go about doing it. At every turn and step in the process we designed SpiderOak to provide privacy above all else and do it in the most aggressive way possible. This is why we don’t store our users’ passwords. Whatever they are – numbers, letters, long or short, birthdays or pet names – we do not ever want to know.

But rest assured, whatever you have stored in your SpiderOak network and whatever password you have chosen to be the only key, spend some time thinking about those other elements of life and how protected you are keeping them. In the end and as the saying goes – “they are the only ones that matter”.