Kim Dotcom Re-Emerges with “Mega” Encrypted Cloud Storage Site, Offers 50GB Free

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News Posted: Sun, Jan 20 2013 2:09 PM
Almost exactly a year ago, feds shut down cloud storage site MegaUpload over alleged widespread digital piracy and instantly turned site owner Kim Dotcom into a controversial figure. The case raised a number of questions concerning digital piracy, file ownership, and even the wisdom of using cloud storage at all.

Today, Kim Dotcom has officially resurfaced with a new New Zealand-based cloud storage site called simply “Mega”, and upon first impression, it’s a compelling offering. First, you can sign up for a free account that offers a whopping 50GB of free storage; second, privacy and security controls are a primary focus of the site’s creators.

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Kim Dotcom returns (he's the larger silhouette on the left)

For example, Mega uses a 2048-bit public/private key pair, and the company offers what it calls “UCE”, or User Controller Encryption. The idea is that all your files are encrypted, but the user controls the encryption instead of the site. (This method also probably removes any liability from the site if users are pirating things, which was the central issue in shutting down Kim Dotcom’s MegaUpload site.)

Mega interface

Mega offers a clean and simple interface, and creating folders and adding files is simple--you can even drag and drop files or folders from a desktop folder into the browser. There’s also a Contacts area; presumably, Contacts will allow for easy sharing and perhaps a social networking component to the cloud storage service.

All users can have a free Basic account, but there are also paid tiers, including Pro I (500GB of storage and 1TB of bandwidth for €9.99 [about $13.31] per month), Pro II (2TB of storage and 4TB of bandwidth for €19.99 [about $26.63] per month), and Pro III (4TB of storage and 8TB of bandwidth for €29.99 [about $39.95] per month).

The site is still technically in beta, and Mega apparently has many more features planned, but you can sign up for an account and start uploading files and folders today.
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MCaddick replied on Sun, Jan 20 2013 4:56 PM

Hooray! Take that MPAA/RIAA!!

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OSunday replied on Sun, Jan 20 2013 9:39 PM

Wow 50GB free?!

That's impressive and the pricing plans are equally as impressive as well and incredibly affordable

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MCaddick replied on Mon, Jan 21 2013 1:49 AM

Lets just hope that there is enough funding to keep the new site running till enough paid subscriptions let it continue under its own steam.

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scolaner replied on Tue, Jan 22 2013 10:19 AM

Yeah, I'm curious as to how they can afford to offer the free 50GB...are they hoping paid subscriptions will subsidize it? Are they going to sneak in ads? Or are they just biting off more than they can chew?

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