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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.

SpiderOak IAmA on reddit.com

As a part of World Backup Day a few of us in the team behind SpiderOak will be answering questions about our service, company etc. in a AUA post on /r/IAmA on the social news site Reddit throughout the weekend.

For those unfamiliar IAmA is short for “I Am A” and AUA is short for “Ask Us Anything” and stands for a post where someone or a group of people answers questions from the community.

We at SpiderOak are doing this as a way of connecting with the community, spread awareness of World Backup Day, and our special offer of 5GB storage free for life through the bonus code ‘worldbackupday’.

We hope you will take the time to show up and say hello and maybe ask us a question or two! You can find the IAmA post right HERE

Reddit, World Backup Day, SpiderOak, March 31st and the power of Social Media

It started as a single thread from the user adamjeff on the well known forum/news site reddit.com (here). Over the next few days through reddit’s messaging system, email, twitter, facebook and word of mouth, the ‘idea’ behind World Backup Day was born.

The thread received over 2,500 ‘up-votes’ and over 1,000 comments. Users wanted to discuss the idea as a group – wondering what date should be ‘the day’ and what it should be called. The following day a few users – lead by user zoomacrymosby – were hard at work. User norunomu was designing both the website and logo, the domain worldbackupday.net was registered, and everybody was scrambling to get the information site up.

As an avid redditor and with a vested interest in online backup, I reached out to Ismail (the person behind username zoomacrymosby) asking what I could do to help worldbackupday.net go live as soon as possible and/or if we at SpiderOak could offer the users some specials to further draw attention to the site and reinforce the importance of backing up / syncing / sharing / accessing pictures, music, movies, documents.

Over one weekend everything came together. With the website designed, content created, and hosting established, the site was live. The word was already starting to spread through Facebook, Twitter, Reddit etc…

On the morning of Monday the 28th, 100s of tweets were being sent out about #worldbackupday, the Facebook page and website were receiving 1.000s of visitors and mainstream media had picked up on the ‘news’ that there was to be a day for backup awareness, and that day was to be March 31st.

With 3-days left until the actual event I can of course only speculate on the final effect and reach of the World Backup Day initiative; however and if the early reactions are any indication, I think that a few seemingly random community members with virtually no budget* may through the help of social media, ingenuity, and drive have created one of the first spontaneous ‘yearly events’ I have ever witnessed.

And that’s pretty damn cool!

*Disclosure. SpiderOak provided the funds needed to host the world backup day website and provides increased data storage to visitors of worldbackupday.net free of charge. World Backup Day remains an impartial website aimed at spreading awareness and information regarding data backup.