GigaTribe brings private P2P sharing to U.S.

Web 2.0 file-sharing service is bringing free peer-to-peer private file sharing to the U.S.

GigaTribe, a Web 2.0 file-sharing service, announced Monday that it has launched its product to the U.S. market. The company's software will allow users to share photos, videos, music, and documents with other users over a private peer-to-peer network.

At its core, GigaTribe is much like other file-sharing sites on the Web that are being monitored by the RIAA and MPAA, but it creates a private network to keep them out. The service allows users to share any file for free and create a group that can send files back and forth.

Due to the inherent security risk that goes along with its business model, GigaTribe's executives pointed out that the company does its best to keep files secure. To do that, it allows users to assign friends into groups and allow them access to certain files. The company also encrypts all files to add an extra layer of security.

"Security is our top priority," Alexis Leseigneur, GigaTribe's CTO said in a statement. "When it comes to sharing your personal photos and videos, you need to be absolutely sure they will only be available to the appropriate contacts."

Although GigaTribe tries to make its free application sound compelling, it's the $29.95-per-year "Ultimate" product that packs most of the benefits. Aside from faster downloading and multidownloading capability, the Ultimate service provides remote access to the files, password protection on all files, and most importantly, group access management.

According to the company, the free version allows anyone to view files, while the Ultimate version gives users the ability to decide which groups can access certain files.

GigaTribe's service is available now on the company's site.

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