DIGITAL LOCKER LEADER Kim Dotcom has taken the wraps off his Mega service and told users what they can expect.
Dotcom is still fighting criminal charges in the US over running the Megaupload digital locker service. He is not taking it laying down, though, and while he has already enjoyed some legal victories he has also been working towards his comeback, which is called Mega, or Me.ga.
Mega will be different than Megaupload and other services and will place stored content in an even more secure cloud.
"In the past, securely storing and transferring confidential information required the installation of dedicated software. The new Mega encrypts and decrypts your data transparently in your browser, on the fly. You hold the keys to what you store in the cloud, not us," it says on its homepage.
"Before, you had to install the Mega Manager on every computer you used Megaupload from. Now, high-speed parallel batch uploading and downloading with resume capability are integral parts of the Mega website."
Everything sounds like a faster, smoother and safer experience. There is talk of easy cross account sharing, online collaboration, and a "true cloud system at your fingertips".
Hosting providers outside the US will be used. Megauload's servers are the subject of US court appeals, and according to the firm this will keep users closer to their data while protecting their privacy.
"Before, we operated only a handful of storage nodes located in expensive premium data centers. Now, thanks to encryption, we can connect a large number of hosting partners around the world without worrying about privacy breaches," it says. "Our servers will be closer to our customers. This will result in faster data transfers."
There is enough money behind Mega to launch it as a free service, but the company is still looking for hosting partners and investors that can add more to it, and keep it free longer. More information is available through its homepage. µ