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Ready to Learn & Earn? SpiderOak University is Now Open

Here at SpiderOak, we are always pushing ourselves to learn more. Whether about our ‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy policy or the way our SpiderOak client works on your computer, we want to encourage you to learn as well. That is why we have officially opened the doors to SpiderOak University – and you’ve got a free ride!

Enter SpiderOak University

You’ll find short video classes taught by our very own CEO, Ethan Oberman. In addition, you’ll find several other videos and explainers that will allow you to not only learn about SpiderOak and how it works on your computer, but also our philosophies and ways that will help you keep your data safe and private.

Pay Attention!

We want to see how much you’ve learned. All students of SOU (SpiderOak University) will be able to take quizzes to get FREE storage! Get all the answers right? You get 2GBs added to your account. Miss one or more questions? You’ll get 1GB added to your account. Anyone can take the quizzes and earn, but you can only take each quiz once, so study hard!

Are you ready to put your thinking cap on? We sure hope so. We look forward to seeing you in class. Visit SpiderOak University.

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.

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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.

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.

SpiderOak To Open Up The Doors To SpiderOak University

School should not only be a place where learning occurs, but a state of mind. When children – or adults – approach school, they should open their minds, brains, and hearts to learning, unlearning, and relearning. Here at SpiderOak, we are always learning and always encourage others to learn – whether it is our Zero-Knowledge privacy policy or the way our SpiderOak client works on your computer.

Enter SpiderOak University

Tomorrow, we are opening our doors to SpiderOak University. We will be hosting classes taught by our very own Ethan Oberman. Once a week, all students of SOU (SpiderOak University) will be able to take a quiz to get FREE storage!

Are you ready to put your thinking cap on? We sure hope so. We look forward to seeing you on the first day of class!

In the meantime, please enjoy this open letter to students by Vblogbrothers.