Using Kahuna™ is entirely automatic; it's built into all apps that are Connected by Kahuna™; it requires absolutely no configuration or settings.
It depends. If you are making a Kahuna™ ID for professional use (let's say, DrSmith), it's probably a good idea to create an ID that represents you well. On the other hand, if you are making a Kahuna™ ID for personal use, especially to join Merlin social media groups, you might want to chose something more colorful or anonymous. Each Persona in Merlin has its own Kahuna™ ID. That means you can create a Persona with your real name as its Kahuna™ ID, and another Persona with a nickname as its Kahuna™ ID.
Yes, you can rename your Kahuna™ ID to anything you like provided it meets minimum formatting rules and no one else is using it. To change to a new Kahuna™ ID, log onto your account on the Merlin website. When you change it the people you've given it to will no longer be able to share with you, nor you with them. To them it will seem as if the old ID has simply disappeared.
That may not be what you want, or it may be exactly what you are trying to accomplish by dropping your former Kahuna™ ID. If so, another better way of 'disconnecting' from people is to simply disable sharing with them one person at a time (in their Contact Window), without changing your Kahuna™ ID.
Please note that each Persona has its own Kahuna™ ID.
Kahuna™ Traffic Credits allow apps to use the Kahuna™ Network to communicate with one another. Credits are expressed in bytes of data that an app can send to or receive from another app via the Kahuna™ network. Kahuna™ Traffic Credits are purchased in gigabyte values ('GB'). One GB is enough to send 300–500 digital pictures, or tens of thousands of secure instant messages, or use encrypted voice for about 1,000 minutes (about 16 hours). Kahuna™ Traffic Credits can be purchased in many ways, including anonymously. They never expire.
That depends on how you use your apps. A typical user of Merlin, for example, will exchange files, send secure instant messages and make encrypted voice calls with average data traffic of about 2.5 gigabytes per month. A 50 GB Kahuna™ Traffic Credit costs approximately $37 USD (it varies a little by currency and location), which is about 75 cents per GB, or roughly two dollars per month. Kahuna™ Traffic Credits never expire. That's enough to send 800–1,100 digital pictures, or send about one hundred thousand secure instant messages, or use encrypted voice for over 2,500 minutes (about 40 hours) for a total cost of about $2 per month. Credits last forever, so you don't need to worry about them expiring.
You can purchase Kahuna™ Traffic Credits using various identified or anonymous payment methods, including credit and debit cards, a huge range of gift cards, prepaid cards, Kahuna™ Traffic Cards, or for cash at various retail outlets.
You can also purchase Kahuna™ Traffic Credits simply by sending your Kahuna™ ID and cash via snail mail. Simply write your Kahuna™ ID on a piece of paper and enclose it and cash in any major currency (listed below) in an envelope and mail it to us (Address list). One good way to ensure that the currency and your Kahuna™ ID are not visible through the envelope is to wrap it in three or four pages cut from a discarded magazine (check it against a bright light). The amount you send doesn't matter, we will calculate the correct amount of Kahuna™ Credit to the exact byte using the closest discount increment, and credit the Kahuna™ ID you specify (make absolutely sure you include it).
Note that because this is a completely anonymous payment method, if your envelope is lost in the mail there is no way for us to track it – you therefore assume complete responsibility for cash payments. When it arrives we will credit your account; if it doesn't arrive, there is nothing we can do. That said, such problems are very rare. Please note that postal regulations in some countries prohibit the mailing of cash. Do not violate local law.
Acceptable major currencies include:
|Euros||US Dollars||Pounds Sterling|
|Japanese Yen||Indian Rupee||Chinese Yuan|
|Swiss Francs||Canadian Dollars||Australian / New Zealand Dollars|
|Brazilian Real||Indonesian Rupiah||South African Rand|
No. Your Kahuna™ ID is always the same (for a given Persona) on every device.
Therefore, we have nothing to offer advertisers. But running a network like Kahuna™ costs money, so we have to charge a little bit to use it. The cost to the average user is about €2 per month. That's a pretty small price to pay for automatic, always-on privacy and anonymity. Oh, and there are no ads to pester you.
A Kahuna™ ID and the credits that attach to it are particular to a given Persona. If you operate two Personas, you must have two Kahuna™ IDs, just as if they were totally different people (which, to the system, they are).
When you enable synchronization between your devices, Merlin periodically sends new and changed information from each device to every other device on your sync list using the Kahuna™ Network. This works the same way as when you share data, only then it's to a different person's device. Kahuna™ stores the item to be synchronized until the destination device signs in (or an ultimate expiration is reached). This is perfectly safe because each item is encrypted using the public key of the device it's connected to…
Only your recipient has the keys for the data you send them (and likewise, only you have the keys for the data they send you). The same is true for your devices. Additionally, in order to protect even the metadata of each sync or share, the entire communication is wrapped in a second layer of encryption just before it enters the Kahuna™ Network.
Not directly, no. The reason has to do with keeping a very 'tall wall' between every Persona, such that there is no way to detect that two different Personas are in fact the same person. If we were to place all the Kahuna™ Traffic Credits you buy in a single 'pool' from which any of your Personas could draw, under certain extreme conditions it would be possible for an eavesdropper to determine that there was a relationship between those Personas. For this reason every Persona is absolutely separate from every other, including having separate Kahuna™ IDs and separate Kahuna™ Traffic Credits.
All that said, our philosophy is, it's your money and you should have the right to do something unwise with it if you want. What you can do is use the 'Transfer Kahuna™ Traffic Credits' function to transfer some credits from one of your own Kahuna™ IDs to another one, rather than give credits to someone else. But please note that we keep no record of such transfers, so once you confirm a gift we have no way to undo it.
Please note that the transfer of Kahuna™ Traffic Credits is not supported in the alpha or beta phases of this website.