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What people are saying about SpiderOak (Pt. 3)

Over the past few days, we’ve been highlighting what our users are saying about us. In case you missed it, you can view our posts from Friday and yesterday.

We appreciate SpiderOak users, and one of our favorite things is getting to know you. Our loyal customers and fellow privacy fanatics have continually helped us create a better product and develop and grow as a company.

Cody, the pharmacy student:

Konrad, the computer geek:

“I came across SpiderOak a few days ago and gave it a bit of testing. I absolutely love the pricing plans, especially with the student discount. As a fellow computer geek, I also really appreciate all the security features. You are doing an awesome job as far as doing things properly is concerned.”

Alexej, the savvy solution-seeker:

“Back before I discovered SpiderOak, I was feeling the need to set up some kind of backup and sync between my work and home computer. I never, ever would store any data that is personal on someone else’s server unencrypted though. What was I to do?! I searched and tried and eventually came up with an encfs-Volume in a Dropbox folder. Believe me, it was a day’s work for me to figure out how to get this running on OS X including installing the Linux files, making a bash-script that would mount the volume automatically so it would always be ready to use, etc. But finally, this allowed me to store and sync files remotely while ensuring they were encrypted on my side on the fly. That was the first – at least functional – solution I used; I had tried a few other ways before but they all fell short in terms of usability. Then, I found SpiderOak – and you guys! You can imagine how moved I was to see that somebody was doing just what I had looked for for all the right reasons and in just the right way! Great company, great people, good reads on the website, and all in all such a feeling of relief, both safe and secure.

The best test was a recent hiccup while backing up: transfers just froze at some point and nothing seemed to be working anymore. But thanks to the way SpiderOak is coded and stored, nothing got lost, the re-installation of my primary device’s backups and syncs were a breeze, and Laura (Customer Relations) was a pleasure to talk to and get assisted by.”

Don’t be shy – what about you? What has been your SpiderOak experience? Leave a comment below.

(Psssst…tomorrow we will kick off our limited special offer of 25GB for $30. We’ve had a lot of requests for a 25GB offering, but this will be our first. Be sure you don’t miss out – it will only be available for 3 days!)

Intro – How SpiderOak Was Built

Welcome to SpiderOak University. If you’re a student, new user, or a lover of continuous learning, this month we’re focused on 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 an occasional quiz so you can receive extra GBs.

Ethan explains how SpiderOak began in 2006 in an attempt to solve two distinct problems.

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

Sign up today.

How we got here

Welcome to SpiderOak University. If you’re a student, new user, or a lover of continuous learning, this month we’re focused on 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 an occasional quiz so you can win extra GBs.


Ethan explains how the backup industry as a whole got to understanding and using cloud technology, and how the movement from the firewall to personal devices is causing companies to look at different solutions.

Do you have a .edu email address? Enjoy 50% off your private backup/sync/share account:

Sign up today.

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.