MegaChat is a Browser based Competitor of Skype by Kim Dotcom
Some are dubbing it as the ‘Skype killer’ while other say it is not to be trusted with your privacy. Nonetheless, MegaChat in now offering its services to anyone from all around thee world if they have a browser at their service.
Developed by Kim Dotcom, it is a browser based video calling as well as file sharing platform. Some of you will remember Kim Dotcom due to Megaupload, the controversial file sharing and viewing website.
Around two years ago, the website met a sad demise when FBI shut it down due to copyright concerns and the fact that it was becoming a major platform for pirates.
Well, good luck selling your brand under a clean image after that, KimDotcom. However, I don’t mean to be harsh here, the video calling service is a new venture of theirs and from the way it has been discussed, it looks like the hybrid of the Megaupload website. It does have file sharing remember?
Interestingly, the company is also being extradited for copyrights infringements in New Zealand; and they decided to launch another venture at the same time – points for valor there!
The guys behind the project are pretty confident about what they are doing; they say that their encrypted video calling service is going to challenge the authority of Skype.
As of now, MegaChat is working fine and the developers are even saying that they are offering a bounty for anyone who finds a secuurity flaw in their software. Here’s what they said on the official Twitter profile:
Mega offers a security bounty again. Please report any security flaw to us. We’ll fix it and reward you. Thanks for helping.
The service is currently in beta phase and soon it will get all the promised features i.e. text chat and conference calls. You can video chat now; all you need to do is go to this website, create a free account, add friends and start talking. Here’s another tweet:
We are releasing MegaChat beta step by step. Starting with video calling today. Text chat & video conferencing will follow soon.
Massive concerns are being raised about the security claims being made by the developers and I don’t blame the people. Anyone would think twice before trusting people who are already in trouble.
Do you think MegaChat is going to be able to pull off what they are after? Or will it get drowned in the same issues that Megaupload faced?