The home page of the new Mega website launched by controversial Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.
After a single tweet last week, a generation of like-minded file-sharers heralded indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom‘s latest iteration of cloud-storage service.
Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, was arrested last year under charges of copyright infringement. His widely popular file-hosting and sharing site, Megaupload, became the subject of much scrutiny and led to the SOPA and PIPA acts, which proposed restrictions on Internet usage.
Last week, Dotcom announced his new site Mega, which will be similar to Megaupload but hosted outside of the U.S., whereas Megaupload was hosted here in the States.
File-sharing has been around for years, and even the most outdated cloud-computing services such as Internet Relay Chat are still used today.
Mega says it offers “convenient and powerful always-on privacy” that puts the encryption process in the user’s hand, not its own. But there are many, more established file-sharing applications and websites that can do the same and keep your data safe.
Evernote is great for anyone on the go. With apps for both Android and iOS devices, sharing and taking notes, photos or audio bits couldn’t be easier. Sync with your computer and you can virtually have any task with you at all times.
• Google Drive
The go-to file-share site that’s tied to all of our Gmail accounts is one word: convenient. Already linked to your Google account, Drive offers you 5GB of storage, which is perfect for saving oodles of PDFs and Word documents that may otherwise get lost in your inbox.
A mere 3GB separates Dropbox from Drive. Offering 2GB to users who join for free, Dropbox is the professional’s choice and used for contract work by many companies and publications. For increased storage, pay $99 a year and get 100GB that is perfect for those uploading larger JPEGs or movie files.
With a generous 10GB of storage, you can upload most anything with 4Shared. With the mobile app, you can search and browse files on the fly while instantly streaming any music files you may happen upon.
Of course, this is still an option, but waiting till it generates more trust couldn’t hurt.
There are many file-sharing and file-storage apps and websites out there, so when choosing one for your needs make sure it’s in line with what you’ll be using it for and within your price range.
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