Remember the good old days when everything digital was free? All you had to do was pay a little subscription fee and you get access to everything on the internet. You raise the middle finger to those greedy corporate magnets charging you $1 to buy your favorite song. Thanks to your messiah or your guru, you no longer had to worry about shelling out such astronomical amounts for downloading music, films and games. The good old days when Megaupload rule the internet. Can you also remember the withdrawal symptoms you had to go through when you discovered the big, bad, old US government decided to shut down the service? Those days are long gone but, there is hope in the horizon. Mega cloud is coming to an internet connection near you.
The man behind Megaupload has decided to rebrand himself and offer his disciples more ways to store their data. Is this going to be another file sharing service with illegal copyrighted materials? That is of course the desire of anyone who thinks “FREE” is the best invention in human history.
The new cloud storage service from Mega is not free. It is however cheap and you can expect to pay about $0.12 cents per GB per year. On a monthly basis, you can expect 100GB for a little less than $10 per month. If you choose the yearly payment plan, you will actually be paying about $0.08 cents per GB. That is very affordable. That is also the reason why those who are not bothered by the reputation of the company will jump at the offer.
What is the service like?
If you are to go by history, there is the likelihood that some people will be hoping that MegaCloud storage will be a repeat of the past. What you will be getting this time is just a place to store and share your files online. If the plan is to convert it to a social media, then, some people will find ways to share illegal contents.
How do you sign up?
The service is available to the official website. You sign up, pay and drag-n-drop your files. That is all there is to it. Mega Cloud is working with EuroDNS and DigiWeb. Mostly European hosting companies.
Will your data be safe?
Safety is rather relative on the internet. Anything that is out there is a candidate for snooping and theft. What you might need to be worried about is getting your data back if the site or service is axed. The service will also offer encryption that will prevent others from accessing your data. However, since Mega was released with its open source code available for all to analyze, there have been quite a bit of security holes uncovered. We can go into a multi-page article on the problems, which have already been plastered all over the internet. The good news is that the issues can be fixed. In the meantime, throw caution to the wind if you plan on using this service.
Will MegaCloud be another hit?
If MegaCloud wants to be just another DropBox or just another cloud storage, it will have a hard time convincing people. Giving away free 8GB of storage and backup will not be enough for some users switch. If the idea is to be able to share data irrespective of copyright laws, that will likely attract potential clients. It will be difficult to replicate the past. Trying to build a legitimate business based on past illegal setup will be a challenge. Add in the fact that there are several security flaws in the initial code, only time will tell if this new adventure will succeed.