If you remember last year, the popular video sharing website MegaUpload got shut down by the FBI. Today, Kim Dotcom’s new file storage service just went live, precisely one year after MegaUpload got shut down.
What makes this website appealing is 50GB of free online storage for starting, and yes, that’s 50 FREE GB of online storage. The service is also tiered offering up to 4TB of storage. That’s a lot of space. And if you were a MegaUpload premium member, Dotcom’s lawyers are working at the moment to allow those members to use their premium status on this new service.
But aren’t some customers worried that this website could be shut down in the future? That is an issue, but Kim said that he would be doing everything to protect the user data. Users will actually have to download and install dedicated software, which will encrypt the files that are being uploaded.
DotCom tweeted out today:
Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 19, 2013
This new service will be interesting in terms of the online storage market. It does offer considerably more storage for free than Dropbox, Skydrive, and Google Drive. But I’m interested to see how it will compete against these services. But privacy and the potential to be shut down is going to worry some customers, and me.
You can sign up at Mega.co.nz, but the site is overloaded right now. Mega is launching today in New Zealand.