MEGA Launched today to much interest (500,000 accounts created already), and with the inspiring statement that “The Internet belongs to no man, industry, or government”.
The idea is simple to explain, complicated to pull off: Let people store whatever they want, and make it encrypted in such a way that no one can see the data unless that single user decides it.
This, of course, means that MEGA can’t see it, nor can any government agency in the world.
Interesting.. You said something about video?
To keep the blog on task, the question is: Will this work for all my video?
4TB of storage for $29.99/mo is decent enough to consider, if it means never having to think about security again.
Home movies, recordings for court cases, and hypothetically: even movies that the MPAA does not want you to have.
However, as it stands, MEGA does not fit in to any solution for actually watching video content.
To be fair; this is just not what it’s made for.
The way it works means that in order to view any file stored on mega, it must first be downloaded to your computer, then decrypted.
Very much a “file locker” where everything is locked away safe until you need it, then it’s locked again when you walk away with whatever you came for.
Of course, this means that streaming files is completely out, and it’ll take some serious work (assuming anyone is interested in doing the work) before there’s a program that can talk to MEGA, download the file, decrypt it, then show it to you.
For now, everything is accessed through the browser, and while there is an API, it’s going to really come in to it’s own for encrypting communication, not static files.
I’m going to try it out, simply because it’s worth seeing how it’s done, but to be honest; it just doesn’t fit in to anything I do right now, and it won’t until it’s as seamless as Dropbox or Bitcasa, with mobile apps and everything.
There have been some people saying that it’s worrying that MEGA collects and stores IP addresses, communication logs, site usage, etc. People have also expressed concern that MEGA does so to help serve advertising.
While there have been scares before, and I understand the initial hesitation; the way that MEGA works means that theoretically they could collect every shred of data they have access to, and still never have any idea what you have in your files, or even what the files are named.
In my opinion, it’s better for them to own up to being a for-profit company (which they are), while building a solution that cannot be policed.