10 FileSharing Services Survivors of the Post-Megaupload Era
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The closing of Megaupload not only made the news worldwide, but also scared a whole lot of other website owners, driving them to either close their gates entirely, change their profile, or ban US-based IP addresses. For example, FileSonic and FileServe – two popular file-sharing websites – decided to disable their main feature (read about it here and here). We compiled a list with the main cyberlocker alternatives that managed (so far) to stay off the U.S. Department of Justice’s blacklist or, better said, survive.
Our first in the list is a Hong Kong-based file-sharing website that offers their visitors the possibility to upload almost any file (as long as it doesn’t “violate third-party copyrights”), with a maximum size of 5GB. What’s interesting, not only for us, but also for the U.S. government, is the fact that the portal was put in place by two of Pirate Bay’s founders.
Based in Cyprus, DepositFiles comes with a simple interface, but don’t let that fool you. While the website offers its services for free, they also have various premium packages with prices that range between €9.95 and €54.95. The benefits of having a premium account are as following:
- multiple connections
- no ADS
- no waiting time
- no speed limits
- you can use your file manager to download files
DivxStage is a hosting service that addresses those of you who want to upload basically any video format file. The limit size, however, is of only 1GB per file. But what’s really cool about this portal is that it will pay $10 for each 1000 full-movie streams uploaded on the site.
Next on the list is HulkShare, a comprehensive portal that promotes artists, while also enabling you to share your favourite tracks. Its interface is pretty cool looking, with categories that include Top Downloaded Tracks, Most Liked Tracks, and Latest Twitted Tracks. And if you’re not in the mood to share your music, don’t worry. You can listen to other people’s songs by using the embedded HulkShare Player.
If you create an account on their website, MediaFire offers you a whopping 50GB of storage, but that’s not all! Professional and Business accounts can get you up to 1TB, more than enough to store your files. Although the website promotes itself as a legitimate business, its database is known to host copyrighted material, but that’s mostly due to its users. MediaFire’s development team worked hard to get thus far, and made the service compatible with both your computer and mobile device. In other words, you can upload and share files from either your PC or your phone.
Sharing files with MegaShares is easy as pie. Select the file you want to upload, check the options you consider to suit that file’s needs (password protection, description, e-mail notification), and click the Start Upload button. Once the file gets uploaded, you will receive a link that you can share with your friends.
NovaMov is a bit different from the others websites in our list, in the sense that it not only lets you upload your video files, but it does so by using the cloud. The maximum size of the file is 1GB for a normal account. The benefits of creating an account are pretty cool – you get a cool menu that includes profile, a file manager, and even a remote upload feature.
“Remote Uploads enable uploading of files from other servers instead of uploading them from your own PC.”
“PutLocker isn’t just another file hosting site. It allows you to store all your files in one place, manage them, and share them with your friends and family,” reads the website’s description. By signing in for free, you will get several benefits – complete file management system, limitless uploads, etc. The website restricts the upload to 1GB per file, but with a Pro Account (price range between $5,99 and $44,99) that limit is of 5GB, plus you get mobile access, quick access to your files, and enhanced security.
RapidShare is probably the most well known name here on the list – that explains being ranked as #211 on Alexa. What’s really cool about our number nine in the list, is that it doesn’t impose size limits, whether we talk about upload or download, but it does put you on hold if you’re not a premium user. If you want to find out about the benefits of having a premium account, visit the website by clicking the provided link. As a notable mention, RapidShare works with smartphones too.
We move on to SockShare, a portal that lets you share and store your files – there’s a 1GB size limit for normal users, and 5GB per file for premium accounts. Furthermore, SockShare automatically converts video files, so you can stream them as soon as possible.