Last month, Kim DotCom shook up the online storage industry with the launch of his venture, MEGA. For those unfamiliar with Kim DotCom, his claim to fame was the creation of the now defunct MegaUpload website where users were able to upload files ranging from a few megabytes to hundreds of gigabytes for a nominal fee. Although the site served legitimate purposes, it was widely used by piracy networks because of the anonymity provided by the site, and the simplicity of the service. Users simply could upload files, and post the links on their websites without having to worry about signups and logging of traceable information. Although MegaUpload was based in New Zealand, the United States managed to shut down the site in January of 2012 due to MegaUpload owning servers in Virginia. Currently this legal battle is ongoing however it is not going to be the focus of this article.
Fast forward to February 0f 2013, despite having ongoing legal battles Kim Dotcom launched MEGA which is intended to be the successor to MegaUpload. By offering generous portions of file hosting – starting with 50GB for a free plan and going up to 4TB for only €29.99/month – MEGA is carrying the torch of it’s predecessor MegaUpload. One of the biggest differences between Mega and MegaUpload however is that the former implements extensive amounts of encryption intended to protect the privacy of users, no matter what they use the service for (including piracy).