Mega is the controversial new cloud-based storage and sharing site created by Megaupload’s founder, Kim Dotcom. Mega has now launched and we had the opportunity to try it out. Here are top 10 facts you need to know about the site.
1. Mega Is A Cloud Storage Site
Similar to Dropbox and Cubby, Mega is meant to be a secure cloud-based storage site, where users can share and distribute any types of file. Like Dropbox, users can share files publicly. During Mega’s lunch day, 1 million users signed up for the service.
2. Mega Is The Successor To Megaupload
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Kim Dotcom is the infamous founder of Megaupload, the well-known file-sharing service that once ranked as one of the most visited websites in the world. In January of last year, the U.S. Department of Justice shut down all Megaupload servers. Kim Dotcom was then arrested in New Zealand at his place of residency, along with several colleagues. Dotcom was indicted for the illegal distribution of copyrighted content.
3. With Mega, You Can Share Your Files
Similar to other cloud-based storage services like Dropbox and Cubby, users have the ability to upload both files and folders, and may optionally share those files with other users by creating a public URL. Unlike Megaupload, it doesn’t appear that files hosted on Mega can be found in search engine queries.
4. You Don’t Need To Register To Start Using Mega
By simply clicking the “Mega” button on Mega’s homepage, you can begin to upload and share files without the requirement to register an account. The files you upload appear to stay in your browser’s history, most likely through the use of IP tracking and/or cookies.
5. Mega Prefers Chrome Over Other Browsers
If you attempt to upload a file using browsers such as Firefox, Safari, or Opera, you will receive a warning alert that “Mega rocks with Google Chrome.” We tested uploading files with the newest versions of Safari and Firefox that resulted with no issues.
6. Uploading Files Is As Easy As Dragging And Dropping Files To Your Browser
Just like Google Drive or Dropbox, you can easily upload files to mega by dragging and dropping files to the Mega interface in your browser.
7. Free Users Get 50 Gigs Worth Of Storage Space
The initial free offering of 50 GB gives Mega the upper hand compared to services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Skydrive. Dropbox and Google Drive only offer 5GB of storage, while Microsoft’s SkyDrive offers 7 GB. Those services still have a long way to go to compete with Mega’s 50 GB offering. Mega also offers a premium service of 500 GB, 2 TB, and 4TB.
8. Privacy Is A Big Deal To Mega
Mega is self-proclaimed “The Privacy Company.” That tagline is the first thing you see when you visit the site. According to Mega, all files are encrypted, and “with MEGA, you control the encryption, you hold the keys, and you decide who you grant or deny access to your files, without requiring any risky software installs.”
9. You Better Not Lose Your Password
Mega currently has no password retrieval system or password reset. If you lose your password, your files may be lost for good.
10. Anti-Piracy Groups Are Already Trying To Shut Down Mega
On the week following Mega’s launch weekend, TorrentFreak reported that Robert King of StopFileLockers has already started a campaign to terminate the payment processor accounts of Mega resellers.