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Megaupload is Back – Returns as “Mega – The Privacy Company”




When Megaupload was shut down earlier this year, many other file sharing sites were shut down by law enforcement agencies. But fret not, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is now launching a new file sharing website. He promises greater privacy levels which defies United States prosecutors who have accused him of facilitating online piracy.

The new website, which is to be called “Mega”, was launched today at Dotcom’s mansion in Auckland, New Zealand. The slogan for the site is “The Privacy Company”, which is very fitting for the purposes the website plans to serve. Today is also the anniversary of his arrest, so a lavish gala and press conference were also held. Aside from all of this, Dotcom claimed that half a million users registered for Mega within the first 14 hours of the site launch.

Mega, is launching now with 50gb of free storage, and the web interface is fairly similar when compared to Google Drive or Dropbox. If you require more storage or bandwidth there are “Pro” levels which you can purchase. The offerings are as follows: Pro I – 500 GB of Storage, 1TB Bandwidth ($9.99 per month), Pro II – 2 TB of Storage, 4TB Bandwidth ($19.99 per month), Pro III – 4 TB of Storage, 8TB Bandwidth ($29.99 per month).

Right now, the site only offers simple cloud storage for the initial release. However Dotcom has reported that in the next coming week many more feature will be released including: mobile access, sync tools for major platforms, mounting for Windows, and many more.

However , those planning to use the website for piracy may be put off by something that TorrentFreak has to say, “Our first impression confirms that the encryption indeed works brilliantly, but those who are looking for complete anonymity might be a bit disappointed”. Mega’s privacy policy also states, “We can use any information we have about you as a customer relating to your creditworthiness and give that information to any other person for credit assessment and debt collection purposes.” So individuals that are willing to fork over for Pro Plans may think twice before doing so. In any case those who really want/need the storage could just simply use a virtual credit card and some IP proxies to circumvent this issue.

In any case, it is unclear whether or not Mega will live up to the glory that was Megavideo and Megaupload. The only thing that we as consumers can hope for is that we never have to see the ominous popup that says we have reached the 72 minute time limit while watching a video.