Kim Dotcom Launches Skype Competitor MegaChat | TechCrunch. Many of us have used Skype and Google Hangouts for video and voice and chat services. The question for lawyers and others who require secure communications is that the communications are not encrypted, and can be monitored. While it is unlikely that communications that can't be monitored by the NSA are required for lawyer client communications, it is certain that some clients require more security than others. I am of two minds about services like MegaChat. When it goes live, it will allegedly be able to encrypt voice, video, text, and chat communications in a way that won't be able to be seen by anyone other than the participants. Thus, it can be misused. However, suppose a lawyer and a criminally charged defendant need to communicate? How far must the lawyer go to see to it that the communication is protected from the eyes and ears of the government? MegaChat is only beta file sharing for now. But, when it goes live, it could send Microsoft's Skype and Google's Hangouts to oblivion. What do you think?