SpiderOak
SpiderOak
7.2.1

3.2

SpiderOak free download for Mac

SpiderOak

7.2.1
08 August 2018

Secure cloud backup, storage, and sharing; 2GB free.

Overview

SpiderOak is a multi-platform secure online backup, storage, access, and sharing solution engineered for the consumer and small businesses. You must first sign up to use SpiderOak.

Running natively on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux, SpiderOak allows users to create a central storage repository where they can access data from all their SpiderOak devices within the application, or via Web login at SpiderOak.com.

Using an automated approach, SpiderOak immediately backs up and stores any additions, edits, or changes to the back up set. Historical versions of any document can be identified and downloaded by timestamp.

Any folders within a user's SpiderOak account can be selected for sharing in a password protected setting called a 'ShareRoom', and any changes or additions to the shared folders are automatically seen by visitors to the ShareRoom.

Capabilities at a glance:
  • True privacy via comprehensive "zero knowledge" encryption. Not even the names of your files or folders are revealed.
  • Multi computer, real time: access all files from other machines
  • Retains complete historical content of every folder and file
  • Easily share folders from any device in ShareRooms w/ RSS feeds
  • Massive data de-duplication: extremely space efficient versioning and storage
  • Optional command line interface: batch mode, scheduled/scripted operation
  • Quality by design: near 100% automated test coverage
  • Properly handles OS X resource forks
  • ACID compliant, fault tolerant structure eliminates worry of corrupted backups

What's new in SpiderOak

Version 7.2.1:

Note: Now requires macOS 10.13 or later

  • Resolved GPG signing issue on RPM
  • Fixed wrong CFBundleShortVersionString value on macOS

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33 SpiderOak Reviews

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Sfurst
24 December 2008

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This program has real promise. Similar to Mozy, with cross-platform clients (Mac, Windows, Linux), you get 2 GB free and 100 GB for $$$. It has the unique feature of having "zero knowledge encryption", which means your files are encrypted at the client with YOUR KEY, stored encrypted on the server, and not even the names of the files can be determined by SpiderOak or anyone else. This is true security. In addition to the OS client, there is web-based access where you can download a file, and a neat sharing facility that allows you to share some or all of your files with others. In my testing I've found the program very fast to upload, with good block-level hashing to upload only the "changed" portion of your files (great for those big files, especially your Entourage database). There are still things to fix, and the Mac interface isn't too Mac-like (as noted by other reviewers), but the developers are very responsive and interested in making things better.
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Version 1.6005
gkdv
07 August 2018
SpiderOak cans its Warrant Canary, suffers mysterious massive outage, and raised prices: https://www.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/94nspi/spideroak_cans_its_warrant_canary_suffers/
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Version 7.2.1
RogerKatz
06 June 2017
The current version is 6.3.0
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Version 6.1.5
George6
27 November 2016
the real outstanding feature of spideroak is that you can backup and sync any folder on your system. i didnt find any cloud service where this was possible. (if anybody knows another app for this plz respond)
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Version 6.1.5
Aargl
10 November 2015
Now they have dropped support for 10.7, saying "only 0.04% of Mac users are currently 3 major OS versions behind"... :-/ Well, maybe the vast majority of Mac users use the last OS, but does that vast majority need to sync different machines? I wonder if Spideroak team considered this question: who needs syncing? I'm quite sure that many Mac users have at least one (more or less)-recent machine and an old one to sync, so, am I going to dive in a syncing service that only one of my 4 computers can currently use? and knowing that in a year or two they will probably abandon Mavericks too? I consider it a "sinking service", instead... :-D I'm really bored with those companies who use such an excuse as "old OS" when they still support Windows XP! (2001-2008) Compare it to Snow Leopard (2009-2011) that was a lot more modern OS! I'm one of the "would like to use Spideroak" people who had to find some other solution...:-(
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Version 6.0
4 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
10 November 2015
According to http://www.cloudwards.net/top-10-secure-dropbox-alternatives/ Sync.com is a better alternative and their app's requirements are currently "OS X 10.5.2 or greater"! :-)
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Aargl
Aargl
13 November 2015
Unfortunately, I found out that Dropbox stopped supporting a lot of old OSes too... :-/ (10.6 minimum)
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Michael-Vilain
Michael-Vilain
26 November 2016
I considered building my own sync server but it costs something like $30/mo for a server and minimal disk space from Amazon S3. Plus I couldn't find a secure end-to-end zero knowledge client that would live on my Mac. If you can code, write your own solution or upgrade. That's really your only options.
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Aargl
Aargl
27 November 2016
After one year using Sync (https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/55535/sync) and their 5 Gb free plan, I'm a happy user: better interface, nothing to complain about, their support is even very reactive and fixed all the issues I've found in the first releases. :-)
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pietz
16 August 2015
Spideroak is the Cloud Service I want to use, because privacy is their number one priority. They really do care about keeping everything as save as possible and came up with the idea of Zero Knowledge as the gold standard. It means that Spideroak as a company does not have any access to your master password. That way if the NSA comes sniffing around, there's simply nothing to give them. In the role of a super paranoid user thats the best you can get, except for one more thing: Spideroak is a US company with servers also located in the US. In paranoid theory that means that the US goverment can make Spideroak implement a backdoor into the software. Something that they kinda worked around with their canary feature. But still, one thing i dislike about Spideroak is the fact that they did everything to keep your data as save as possible, except for the fact that its a US based company, which puts them under quite a lot bullshit privacy laws the USA have. You might argue that this is extremely paranoid and i completely agree with you, but i personally beleive that spideroak only makes sense to use if you are extremely paranoid.

Another thing i like about Spideroak is the fact that they offer Cloud BackUp (like Crashplan or Backblaze) and Cloud Syncing (like Dropbox and Google Drive) at the same time. So you dont need two services anymore, but just one super secure service, which is great!

But because of its extreme security comes the downside that it limits you in many ways. With the Spideroak mobile app you can pretty much only look at files. There is no mobile upload for adding files or uploading all your pictures, theres no simple(!) sharing like you know from Dropbox and others. Sure its great to store all your files in a super secure vault, but for documents you access and modify daily, its a pain in the a** having to open the vault everytime.

The speed of Spideroak isn't very good. I havent done any real speedtest i could display, but it just doesnt feel fast. There are many reviews of Spideroak saying the same thing. Its just not a fast service. And that can be really annoying if you have to download a huge backup.

The App SpideroakONE finally looks better than the old verion from the 90s. Sadly it seems to be the same application underneath which needs a lot processing power and makes my computer feel slow from time to time. However its a very powerful app with lots of settings.

SUMMARY: Spideroak does its best on keeping your files private and save, but being a US service is a huge bummer, because like it or not the USA is spying more today than probably all other countries combined. So if you want to go the extra mile behind the first extra mile, id choose a european service to begin with, where the government is much more limited on what theyre allowed to access. Plus the super privacy on Spideroak limits you in so many ways. When using Spideroak youll see yourself using the cloud much less, because there arent all the features youre looking for compared to Dropbox or Drive. Its just super annoying.

Recommendation: Decide on how much time, efforts and lack of features youre willing to accept for a certain level of security and privacy. I have all my files on OneDrive which isnt nearly as encrypted as Spideroak. Thats why I keep a seperate folder for important Stuff encrypted inside my OneDrive. The security now is comparable to Spideroak. The Master Password is only on my local computer and the encrypted files are stored inside the US. That way i get all the goodies from a cloud service for regular files. important files are encrypted and to be accessed with a little workaround. For backup i connect Arq to my OneDrive which also encrypts all my backups and stores them safely. OneDrive is not only one of the cheapest today for $50 a year, it also give you unlimited cloud storage and also includes Microsoft Office 365, which many of us need anyway. Plus the performance of OneDrive is surprisingly good.

To me theres just no reason on using Spideroak and i imagine there to be only a very tiny group of people actually benefitting from it.
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Version 6.0
gary-11
16 August 2015
After downloading and installing, it slowed down my Mac so I had to uninstall it. I don't know why they don't test these app out before the release them.
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Version 6.0
Aargl
07 May 2015
To enlighten my former review, here is the mail I had by the end of March from SpiderOak support: "Unfortunately, you won't be able to run the newest version of SpiderOak if you are still using OS X 10.6 or older versions. Beginning with version 5.1.10, SpiderOak requires OS X 10.7 Lion or higher. If you are still running on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, you will need to upgrade in order to use SpiderOak. As a temporary workaround, you may use an older version of SpiderOak which works on OS X 10.6. You can get it at no cost here: https://spideroak.com/getbuild?platform=mac&version=5.1.8 Please note, however, that our new version 5.1.10 introduces an important security improvement. In order for SpiderOak to always be proactive in using the latest security and privacy standards, we are moving to SHA-256 based SSL certificates, and versions prior to 5.1.10 are not compatible with them. When the move is complete, older versions of SpiderOak will no longer connect to our servers. This will happen soon, so act now to avoid any service interruption."
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Version 5.1.10
Aargl
27 April 2015
v5.2.20 is out. Any former version will soon be (or is?) unable to connect to their server, due to format changes or else. So, if like me you were syncing an old 32 bit mac, forget it. I'm using Spideroak from time to time since last summer and I still feel the same: not as easy as Dropbox and the interface is incomprehensible at first glance... In the end, I use Dropbox for anything I need to share quickly with no need for privacy, and when I want to share something more private I use Spideroak — just to be on the safe side... ;-) v5.2.20 only brought internal changes, I'm sure an interface upgrade and a behaviour closer to Dropbox's would make this app a must have
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Version 5.1.10
8 answer(s)
Iturtle
Iturtle
06 May 2015
thanks for the info! but:
here and on my computer the current version is 5.1.10
the download on the spider oak website is 5.2 which I manually just installed. how does it update to 5.2.20? automatically? can't find any info in the prefs... thanks!
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Aargl
Aargl
07 May 2015
Hi! It's probably a typo of mine, current version appears to be 5.2.0 indeed! ;-)
Anyway, I had the info from Spideroak support mail, so the rest is right: if you've got only 64 bit macs, don't worry.
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Iturtle
Iturtle
07 May 2015
hey thanks for the info!
that brings a little light on the matter :)
I am still wondering how or if automatic updates are supposed to work or what the intended way is to update the software. I wrote to the support already waiting for the reply.
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Aargl
Aargl
07 May 2015
I don"t think it auto updates — or wasn't I patient enough? ;-)
They don't even display the current version number on the download page, you have to go to the https://spideroak.com/release_notes from time to time and check if they released a new version... :-/
But as the app is working reliably, once every six months should be enough. ;-)
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Iturtle
Iturtle
07 May 2015
hey thanks again! the quickest way is to just download the file because the version number is in the name... strange, yes. still waiting for their reply...
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Aargl
Aargl
07 May 2015
You're right, but for myself, I try to download only what I really need, for my low-bandwidth as for global warming impact. ;-)
See http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/09/internet-environment/
or http://science.time.com/2013/08/14/power-drain-the-digital-cloud-is-using-more-energy-than-you-think/
"1,500 terawatt-hours of power per year. That’s about 10% of the world’s total electricity generation... It’s the same amount of electricity that was used to light the entire planet in 1985."
Of course, you can say that 25Mb is nothing compared to the dozens of Gb we use to update Mac OS or big apps suites... ;-)
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Iturtle
Iturtle
07 May 2015
this is a good point to consider - thanks! at least I usually cancel a download if I do not need it. in this case if I am quick enough (fast connection here ;) )
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Michael-Vilain
Michael-Vilain
15 August 2015
this means I'm done with SpiderOak. I need a platform that supports my oldest OS. Now off to google.

Thank god I decided not to pay for this service. When SPAMCOP sent out their "we're ceasing email operations." email, I had just renewed and they wouldn't refund my $35. It was just beyond the 3 month window my cc company allowed for disputes. The older I get, the more impermanent things seemed to be.
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iMiNiMaL
22 January 2015
I'm Loving It!!!
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Version 5.1.8
neartheredrocks
26 July 2014
Since signing up for Spideroak I'm getting every day unwanted promotional emails from this company - and none of them has an "unsubscribe" link. It is also not possible to opt out of emails after logging into my account. Especially a company like Spideroak should do better. This makes this a zero star software/service for me (unfortunately I have to give them at least half a star).
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Version 5.1.7
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polocanada
polocanada
15 September 2014
Never got a single promo email and I am signed up with them for 4 years already, I got free account.
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Abysmillard
Abysmillard
11 October 2014
I think I got a couple of introductory emails when I first signed up, but nothing after the first week or so.
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Aargl
Aargl
12 October 2014
I haven't received any email after the "Account Verification" one...
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  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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