Megas encrytion designed to protect itself - Magzium
shravya | On 31, Jan 2013
Kim Dotcom’s new venture Mega was prepped against attacks by its encryption to protect your data and more essentially Kim Dotcom. This time he has registered his domain outside of US to protect himself from its prying jurisdiction.
Mega is designed around the principle “ignorance is bliss”. All your uploads and downloads are encrypted on their way up and down the server only to be opened afterwards. Mega has made sure that it neither saves your file names nor your passwords. So make sure you don’t lose your password as there is no chance of recovery.
Once you upload your files you can share them with friends via link just as any other cloud service. Every file or folder you upload has its own key generated in part from your password. With these encryption keys, even if anyone gets hold of your link and downloads it they will just end up with a chunk of encrypted data as long as you keep your file-specific keys safe.
How it helps Mega
Everyone knows people share all sorts of copyrighted information but then MEGA doesn’t because of its “see no evil” policy. There is no way Mega can know even if you give them a link infringing copyrights until and unless you hand them file specific decryption keys. Additionally all links on Mega are de-facto private. You alone hold your file keys and share them. Mega is merely a cloud storage service. So in a way Mega is securing itself more than its trying to secure you.