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Kim Dotcom’s Mega gets password resets, tells users to be more secure

Keep your encryption key close
Fri Feb 01 2013, 10:21
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DATA HAVEN MAGNATE Kim Dotcom has offered users an update on Mega, cautioning users to play by the rules.

Dotcom said that Mega's privacy and security are ensured by the use of encryption, but warned that is "eviscerated" when the key is shared. He said that this had already led to some DCMA takedowns, adding that some of those might be down to overzealousness.

"Mega distinguishes itself from other major cloud storage providers through two important concepts: Privacy and security. Both are utterly eviscerated by making encryption keys public, a fact that is not only self-evident, but also made very clear in the Mega user interface," he said.

"We apologize to the very small number of users who, due to Mega's cautious legal practices, had some of their authorized files mistakenly taken down. We do believe that by ignoring our advice and making encryption keys public, especially through sites that do not even implement a proper notice-and-takedown protocol, you were not entirely unprepared for negative repercussions."

There was other news. Dotcom said that Mega users can now change their passwords. The inability to do this was a worry for some, particularly those who had chosen a weak one when they signed up. A password reset capability has also been added.

Chrome's memory use has been reduced when transferring large files and Mega apparently is keeping a good eye on when and where such transfers fail. µ

 

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