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By on January 20, 2013
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Kim Dotcom launches “100% Safe and Unstoppable” file storage and sharing site, Mega.

The sequel to Megaupload.com is here and it’s called Mega. Its founder, the infamous Kim Dotcom launched the site with much fanfare today at his New Zealand mansion. Within just two hours Mega received 250,000 user registrations. In fact, as of writing this, the site is down due to user overload.

To say the new Mega has been launched amidst controversy is an understatement. Its launch date comes exactly one year after a raid on Kim Dotcom’s residence last year for alleged piracy through megaupload.com. The authorities were quick to shut down Megaupload, several lawsuits and reports of harassment followed. It was messy business. Further, in August this year the US extradition case against Kim Dotcom begins. However, larger than life Dotcom remained undaunted and promised he’d be back with a bang.

And now he is. The new Mega offers online storage for your files and other data. The free plan will give you 50GB of storage, paid plans range in prices but for Euros 9.99 (about AED 50) per month users receive 500GB of storage and 1TB of bandwidth. Just this offer alone should cause competitors like Dropbox and Skydrive to fret.

But that’s not all that makes Mega stand out amongst rivals. The site’s boasting point is ‘security’ and so Mega generates a 2048-bit RSA key that is required for access to your files. Only users with the key will have access. What this incidentally does, besides making your data ultra secure, is protects the site’s owner from being accused of knowingly storing copyrighted materials because he cannot technically know the content of the files stored—only the user who uploaded the files and/or possesses the key can. In fact, Dotcom has cleverly branded Mega as the ‘Privacy Company’.

Previews for Mega have been positive. The site boasts a clean, simple and easy interface and an open API for developers. Future plans include mobile apps, on-site word processing, calendar and spreadsheet applications, a client for Windows, Mac and Linux and much more.

Whatever your thoughts on piracy on the internet, the Megaupload controversy and the audacious Dotcom, Mega is set to give serious competition to its rivals and be a talking point in the checkered history of the internet. That is, of course, when users can access it.

Mega can be found at mega.co.nz/


Nafisa Rebello writes and sometimes works in TV. She expected robots in 2012 and is still waiting for teleportation.

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