Review of Mega cloud storage
This article will tell you everything related to Mega cloud storage, including its highlight features, plans, speed and security. If you are interested, please keep reading below.
Mega cloud storage is a file hosting service offered by Mega Limited, an Auckland-based company. Its service is provided primarily through web-based apps, but it also offers mobile app for Windows Phone, Android and iOS. With it, you can enjoy upload and download transfer, MEGAdrop folders, file versioning, MEGAchat, file sync & sharing, end-to-end-data encryption, zero-knowledge encryption, etc. In addition, it generously gives every free users 50GB cloud storage.
What we like:
Generous Mega cloud storage 50GB
Share folders with the public
Upload from the mobile app
Upload whole folders and control speed via browser
Secure communication with MEGAchat
Stream audio or video directly, and preview
What we don’t like:
10 GB bandwidth limit (refills every 30 minutes)
A bit expensive
MEGA allows you to share or sync whole folder & individual files from your account and anyone can download the shared data without a username and password. Different users can use different apps for file sharing and sync, such as, mobile app for Windows phone, iOS, Android, desktop app MEGASync for Mac, Windows and Linux, MEGAbird add-on for Mozilla Thounderbird users.
To sync files using MEGASync cloud storage desktop app, you can right-click the files you want to upload and select “Upload to MEGA”. Also, you can manually upload your files to sync folder via “Copy and Paste” or “Upload” feature in system tray.
To share files with MEGASync, you can right-click the file or folders and select “Get MEGA link”, then it will be copied to clipboard and you can paste the link to your friends.
Note: The Mega cloud storage desktop app only generates a link without key protection. Also, you are not allowed to share with email address and don’t have the ability to grant permission for shared files or folders. In addition, you cannot invite others via folder generated-link or generated upload-link.
To invite other users to upload files to your Mega, you can go to MEGA cloud storage website and select “Create MEGAdrop Folder”, then click “Create” and “Copy Link” subsequently. After that, you can paste it to anyone and they are allowed to upload files via web browser.
File versioning is enabled on MEGAsync settings by default, which make you have multiple versions of the same files. At the same time, when your files are deleted accidentally, you can restore it to previous version. Besides, the clock icon at the next side of files indicate that the files has different versions.
Thanks to real-time collaboration feature, MEGA allows two people to update the same file simultaneously and share data between users.
Unlike other cloud storage, MEGA allows users to encrypt and decrypt data by the associated client devices instead of service provide. It gives users entirely privacy.
Mega offers users one free plan and four premium plans, including 50GB free cloud storage, 400GB Pro Lite for $5.45/month, 2000GB Pro I for $10.92/month, 8000GB Pro II for $21.85 and 16000GB Pro III for $32.78/month.
It marks the Pro I as the most popular, the reason may the 1TB cloud storage may satisfy almost users’ need. Meanwhile, it offers users who purchase one-year Pro plan two-months free cloud storage. And the actual charges are in Euros for all transactions finally and the price in your local currency is for estimation only.
Please note that since 2017, Mega will take away 35GB space after one month of signup. Also, the free cloud storage will finally disappear after a year even if you can extend the date by completing the MEGA achievements, such as, installing MEGASync or mobile app, inviting friends.
Security issue is one of most important factors for users who want to sync or backup files to cloud storage freely. Although cloud storage avoids local and natural disaster to some extent, your data is still at risk owing to hackers or ransomware.
With Mega cloud storage for PC and mobile, you can use private encryption on the client side, AES 128-bit encryption at rest, TLS protocol in transit and two-factor authentication as well.
The transfer speed is an eternal topic in all cloud storages, because faster transfer speed can help users upload more files in a very short time and have a better user experience.
In Mega cloud storage, the file will transfer at the most available speed regardless of your own plan. But your speed may also be affected by local network and internet service provider. In addition, if you are using Mega cloud storage in New Zealand, Europe, Canada, the result may be better.
From above, you may get an overall of Mega cloud storage. The end-to-end encryption is a massive plus-point advantage for users who don’t want other people to access and view their data. MEGA cloud access the encrypted files, but don’t the ability to decrypt. Meanwhile, the AES-128 encryption increase faster respond time and decrease the lag. Besides, its 50GB free storage, password protection and link expiration for sharing files is a huge plus.