SpiderOak

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SpiderOak
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SpiderOak 3.5 under Mac OS X
Developer(s) SpiderOak
Initial release December 2007
Stable release 5.1.10 / March 3, 2015; 20 days ago (2015-03-03)
Development status Active
Written in Python/Qt
Operating system Windows, Linux, Android, Mac OS X, iOS
Available in English
Type Online backup service
License Proprietary and GPLv3 (for some tools)
Website spideroak.com

SpiderOak is a US-based[1] online backup tool to back up, share, sync, access and store[2] data using an off-site server. SpiderOak is accessible through an app for Windows, Mac and Linux computer platforms, and Android, N900 Maemo and iOS mobile platforms.[3] SpiderOak allows users to back up any given folder on their computer. According to SpiderOak, the software uses encrypted cloud storage and client-side encryption key creation, so SpiderOak employees cannot access users' information. Some components of SpiderOak are open-source, and as early as 2009 the company announced their intent for the client to be fully open-source in the future.[4] As of 2015, SpiderOak's source code is not available.[5]

SpiderOak distinguishes itself from its competition in provision of encryption,[6] in provision for syncing files and folders across multiple devices, and in automatic de-duplication of data.[7] SpiderOak offers free accounts to users who do not exceed a maximum size, and premium accounts for a monthly fee. SpiderOak also offers referral discounts.[8][9]

SpiderOak was rated "Awesome" by MacLife magazine in 2009[10] and also was made an Editor's Choice by Computer Shopper magazine in May 2009.[11] In a July 2014 interview, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden recommended SpiderOak over Dropbox, citing its better protection against government surveillance.[12]

History[edit]

SpiderOak was founded in 2007 by Ethan Oberman and Alan Fairless as a zero knowledge private backup program.[13] In 2013, SpiderOak began developing Crypton, "a JavaScript framework for building applications where the server doesn't know the contents it's storing on behalf of users."[14] Crypton is an Open Source project allowing developers to easily add encryption security to mobile applications.[14] By mid-2014, SpiderOak neared 1 million users.

SpiderOak is headquartered in Chicago and currently employs 42 staff, headed by CEO Ethan Oberman.[12] In 2013, SpiderOak opened offices in San Francisco and Kansas City, and hires remote employees inside and outside of the US.[15][16]

Main features[edit]

  • All data accessible in one de-duplicated location
  • Configurable multi-platform synchronization
  • Preserve all historical versions and deleted files
  • Share folders in web ShareRooms with RSS notifications[3]
  • Retrieve files from any internet-connected device
  • Claimed "zero-knowledge" data encryption if you only use the desktop client, that is, no sharing, web-access, or mobile access.[17] This claim, however, cannot be confirmed due to the client being closed source.[18]
  • Unlimited devices[19]
  • A layered approach to encryption, using a combination of 2048-bit RSA and 256-bit AES.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SpiderOak Service Agreement". SpiderOak. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  2. ^ SpiderOak. "Spideroak Service Description". SpiderOak. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  3. ^ a b "SpiderOak Review: Cloud Storage reviews at". Nextadvisor.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "Spideroak: Engineering Matters". SpiderOak. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  5. ^ "Why isn't SpiderOak open source yet? When will it be?". 
  6. ^ "SpiderOak: Dropbox for the security obsessive". The chief difference between SpiderOak and its competitors for the security and privacy-conscious is in how the services treat user data. 
  7. ^ Carla Schroder (2009-01-22). "Spideroak: Secure Offsite Backups for Linux". LinuxPlanet. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Pricing". SpiderOak. 
  9. ^ "Refer-a-Friend". SpiderOak. 
  10. ^ Susie Ochs (2009-06-11). "Online Storage Battle: Which Cloud Back-Up Service Reigns Supreme?". MacLife. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  11. ^ Haley, Fiona (2009-05-05). "SpiderOak 3.0 Review". Computer Shopper. 
  12. ^ a b Yadron, Danny; MacMillan, Douglas (2014-07-14). "Snowden Says Drop Dropbox, Use SpiderOak". WSJ.com Digits (The Wall Street Journal). Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "About SpiderOak". 
  14. ^ a b "About Crypton". 
  15. ^ "SpiderOak Grows Enterprise Revenue 300%, Doubles Headcount". SpiderOak. December 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Chris Cooley shares how SpiderOak’s distributed team works". Silicon Prairie News. August 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ "How do I use the SpiderOak Web API?". SpiderOak FAQs. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "SpiderOak to Become OSS & More: What to Expect From Us in 2014 (PART I)". The Spideroak Blog. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Spideroak: Free Online Backup, File and Folder Sync, Share & Storage for Windows, Mac, and Linux – SpiderOak.com". SpiderOak. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 

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