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Megaupload returns.... as Mega (now with encryption!)
#21
wabid Wrote:I know everyone is doubting, but I think he learned from his experience. The new mega encrypts content BEFORE you upload it, so mega never knows what files are stored. You distribute keys to people who want to download your files. It gives them full immunity, because the government can't claim they know what's going on. They get to stay fully oblivious. I understand it's a business but I still think it'll be worth trying once. He is trying to raise the bar and be the gold filelocker standard. As far as specs and limits go, I think they are onto something.

Looks interesting...
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#22
I know I can't stop the inevitable pull toward what is familiar, but it is a mistake IMO. Too much heat. We'd be better off sticking with forcing the culture change toward usenet and other established private methods.
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geminigod Wrote:We'd be better off sticking with forcing the culture change toward usenet and other established private methods.

+1. But I do want to give Mega a chance and see what happens, as an alternative to non-Usenet users.
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#24
https://torrentfreak.com/mega-is-brillia...us-130118/
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#25
Techdirt seems to have run the opposite story. Not sure how I feel about all this. As long as you use a unique password, and a throwaway email, your risk of identity theft should be nill.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/2013012...-bad.shtml
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wabid Wrote:Techdirt seems to have run the opposite story. Not sure how I feel about all this. As long as you use a unique password, and a throwaway email, your risk of identity theft should be nill.http://www.techdirt.com/articles/2013012...-bad.shtml
Interesting. The article I linked to raises the question of whether or not, despite the security measures, Mega is quite "safe", due to the data policies. This one you linked to raises questions about the security itself. The more I read about Mega, the less I trust it. Who knows, It might be as good as Kim Dotcom makes it sound, but at this point, I don't feel that either Dotcom or Mega have quite earned much trust yet.
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#27
An update from TorrentFreak http://torrentfreak.com/kim-dotcom-prepa...ge-130123/

Bottom line, for security Mega is no worse than the rest of the file locker services, maybe better.
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#28
I guess I wasn't too worried about security anyway. I would only use it as a file locker for stuff I want to share public ally anyway. Remember to come up with a new password!
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#29
Brumous Wrote:An update from TorrentFreak http://torrentfreak.com/kim-dotcom-prepa...ge-130123/

Bottom line, for security Mega is no worse than the rest of the file locker services, maybe better.

Agreed, sorta. Talking about identity theft is a distraction from the real issue here as it pertains to us, which is that you are fooling yourself if you really think this will be less risky than past file locker services.

1) How trustworthy is Kim Dotcom?

2) How protected are your uploads really? Either its encrypted for your eyes only (assuming the encryption is even any good (big assumption), and assuming that you can trust Mega) or its not. One way or another, when you are sharing files publicly, encryption can only protect you so much.

3) All eyes will be fixated on Mega. Do you want to be in the middle of that? How long before Mega gets at least temporarily shut down again? Kim Dotcom got a temporary reprieve thanks to a New Zealand judge, but he can't leave the country and is still facing the possibility of extradition to the United States where he would be re-tried.

4) Let's say that Kim Dotcom survives the onslaught of his enemies that are growing in number at a staggering pace, and continues to operate Mega in New Zealand indefinitely. What happens then? What might happen is that the governments concerned about copyright infringement such as USA and France might start going after the users instead of the operators. When you can't catch the big fish, go for the little ones.

All of this is to repeat my warning one last time that I have stated on this thread and on the Mediafire thread: Don't put all your eggs in one basket and count on any file locker service to be there for you long-term.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/20...m-on-mega/
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#30
Is this conversation about distributing files or using filelockers as our only backup? I agree that no filelocker should hold the only copy of a file, but why not use it to make distribution easier? If the files goes down, it goes down. Given his trackrecord, your files have a better chance of lasting on mega than mediafire. They had to send in swat teams because he wasn't deleting files (stretching the truth, but you get the point.)
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