If you like storing your images and other data in the cloud there is currently no shortage of providers to choose from. The big players Dropbox, Google Drive, Box or Microsoft's Skydrive essentially offer very similar services, but lesser-known alternatives are available, too.
One of the latter is MEGA, the cloud service established by German entrepreneur Kim Schmitz aka Kim Dotcom who gained some notoriety when his previous project megaupload.com was shut down for copyright infringements by the US Department of Justice in 2012.
With the latest update to its iOS app, MEGA has become another interesting option for iPhone photographers. The new PhotoSync feature allows you to sync your images with the cloud, similar to what we've already seen on Dropbox or Google Plus. You can configure the app to upload via Wi-Fi or your cellular connection, and in background mode images are uploaded every time you change your location.
Since its inception, MEGA has been trying to differentiate itself from the more established competition with a strong array of privacy and security options. The latest update adds the Passcode Lock feature, which increases security by requiring a four-digit PIN each time the app is launched. You can configure MEGA to erase all data and log out if the PIN is entered incorrectly ten times. This should keep your images safe, even when your iPhone ends up in the wrong hands.
MEGA for iOS is available free of charge in the App Store and offers 50GB of free storage in its basic version. More storage is available via in-app purchase. Give it a try and see if you prefer it to your current cloud service. For the users of other mobile operating systems, the app is also available for Android and Blackberry.
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