SpiderOak Semaphor 1.1.0 Mac OS X
|Initial release||December 2007|
6.4.0 / September 28, 2017
|Operating system||Windows, macOS, Debian, Fedora, Slackware, Android, iOS|
|Type||Online backup service and collaboration tool|
|License||Proprietary (GPLv3 for some tools)|
SpiderOak is a US-based collaboration tool, online backup and file hosting service that allows users to access, synchronize and share data using a cloud-based server, offered by a company of the same name. SpiderOak is accessible through an app for Windows, Mac and Linux computer platforms, and Android, N900 Maemo and iOS mobile platforms.
According to SpiderOak, the software uses encrypted cloud storage and client-side encryption key creation, so SpiderOak employees cannot access users' information. SpiderOak distinguishes itself from its competition in provision of encryption, in provision for syncing files and folders across multiple devices, and in automatic de-duplication of data.
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. As of 2016[update], SpiderOak ONE's source code is only available for mobile platforms, with no current plans to open source the desktop client. SpiderOak's password manager Encryptr is open source; the source code for its group messaging application Semaphor is published to allow auditing.
SpiderOak is headquartered in Chicago and currently[when?] employs 42 staff, headed by CEO Alan Fairless. SpiderOak has offices in Chicago and Kansas City, and hires remote employees inside and outside of the US.
In February 2017, SpiderOak discontinued using the phrase "zero knowledge" to describe their service following public criticism that the phrase conflicted with the mechanism behind cryptographic zero-knowledge proofs. SpiderOak adopted the phrase "no knowledge" for their marketing.
On August 1, 2018, the warrant canary on their website briefly vanished, followed by some system downtime. It was then replaced by a transparency report. Five days later, the canary was re-signed using GPG encryption. By August 9, Spideroak had also updated their transparency report, making a statement concerning the canary. It is impossible to tell if the change was internally driven or canary was tripped and the company has been compelled by court order to hide the fact. 
- 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
- Retrieve files from any internet-connected device
- Claimed "no knowledge" data encryption if you only use the desktop client, that is, no sharing, web-access, or mobile access. This claim, however, cannot be confirmed due to the client being closed source
- Unlimited devices
- A layered approach to encryption, using a combination of 2048-bit RSA and 256-bit AES
- Comparison of file hosting services
- Comparison of file synchronization software
- Comparison of online backup services
- File synchronization
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The chief difference between SpiderOak and its competitors for the security and privacy-conscious is in how the services treat user data.
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