Just a couple of weeks back, we brought you the latest on Kim Dotcom’s planned successor to MegaUpload, the file sharing site that was taken down earlier this year by the US Government. Dotcom revealed that the name of the new site would be ‘Mega’, and would continue to allow users to share their files via a remote server, while also offering one-click encryption in the browser.
Today marked a major milestone in the development of the new service, as a preview site has now launched at me.ga (which, for now at least, links to kim.com/mega). With the kind of bravado and confidence that we’ve come to expect of Dotcom, the site makes a bold statement about what is to come:
As previously reported, a critical component of the new service will be the extraordinary privacy offered by its easy-encryption features. As the site explains:
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.”
Mega also promises greatly improved file management with “a true cloud file system at your fingertips… You can even access your cloud drive as a file system mount or drive letter”.
Of course, whether any of this will really ‘change the world’ is questionable at best, but we’ll be able to find out for ourselves when the new service launches on January 20.