MEGA€4.99/month 400 GB
Pricing & Plans8.5/10
Ease of Use9.0/10
- Free 15 GB of storage
- Excellent security & client-side encryption
- Well made sync client
- Useful mobile application
- Allows FTP connection
- Slightly expensive
- Slow speeds at peak hours
- Limited support options
MEGA Cloud Storage Review
The service offers an excellent 15 GB free program for its users. If you wish to get more, you’ll have to upgrade. Their plans are a bit different since they come with a bandwidth limit. Apart from that, they have a very modern and responsive client. I also tested the download and upload speeds during this Mega cloud storage review and found them slow at peak hours. The sync&sharing feature is decent with some negative aspects. They also offer browser extensions, direct FTP access, secure chat and a very well made mobile app for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. Online support is limited to e-mails and poor FAQ base. Their security is where it needs to be with client-side encryption. Overall a very viable pick, but there are better cloud storage providers out there.
Read the full MEGA cloud storage review down below.
|#||Service||Rating||Description||Paid Plan||Go To|
|pCloud is a great cloud service that takes pride in offering the highest protection available (client-side encryption included) with amazing syncing solutions. It was also the first cloud storage to introduce innovative LIFETIME plans. It is easy to use and is one of the best cloud storage solutions on the market. 10 GB of free storage.|
$4.99/month 500 GB
|Go to pCloud|
|Sync.com is a Canadian cloud storage that utilizes the Zero-knowledge principle. It offers unparalleled privacy and security (via client-side encryption) with great syncing, sharing and file retrieving solutions. 5 GB of free storage.|
$8/month 2000 GB
|Go to Sync.com|
|Icedrive is a UK cloud storage with a main focus on the security of your files. They achieve that with Twofish client-side encryption which certainly raises a few eyebrows. A slick-looking minimalistic design combined with great mobile apps and interesting LIFETIME plans makes them an interesting choice! 10 GB of free storage.|
€4.99/month 1000 GB
|Go to Icedrive|
|MEGA offers a secure cloud storage with client-side encryption. It has a modern/responsive interface. The online support is limited and down/upload speeds could be better. 15 GB of free storage.|
€4.99/month 400 GB
|Go to MEGA|
|Tresorit protects your files with Swiss privacy laws and client-side encryption. It has amazing syncing speeds, sharing options and excells in pretty much all other areas but takes the bullet with very expensive and uncompetitive prices. 3 GB of free storage.|
€9.99/month 500 GB
|Go to Tresorit|
|Pricing & Plans|
|Free storage||15 GB|
|Payment methods||Credit card, Paysafecard, Wire transfer, Bitcoin|
|Ease of use|
|Open in-browser||PDF, Music, Images, Videos|
|Mobile apps||Android, iOS, Windows|
|WebDAV||Only via third-party integration|
|Supported systems||Windows, macOS, Linux|
|Imaginary drive||Teams only|
|Block-level file sync|
|Sync any folder|
|Share download links|
|Link password protection|
|Link expiration dates|
|Link download limits|
|Share upload links|
|Set folder permissions|
|File versioning system|
|Live chat support|
You can create a free account that comes with a very generous 15 GB storage limit. It’s important to note that Mega introduces a cap on bandwidth. It records how much data you transfer through your cloud. Once you reach your cap your down/uploads will be halted, and you are left with two choices, you either wait for your monthly bandwidth to reset, or you upgrade your plan.
Regardless of how bad that sounds, in my personal opinion the bandwidth is large enough for even those more demanding users. I mean, unless you’re always downloading, uploading and erasing bigger files, you should be okay.
If you go yearly, you get two months for free.
Dynamic bandwidth limit explanation: Free account has a dynamic bandwidth. Allowance limit is dynamic and depends on the system utilisation. It has a sliding 6-hour window, moving every hour, to calculate the free bandwidth. Bandwidth is counted per IP address, but the free allocation can vary by country, ISP, time of day, etc. Once you exhaust your free account’s allowance, you will have to wait to gain more bandwidth or purchase more transfer volume by upgrading to an upper level.
Additional detail: Pro account users get one allocation of bandwidth per billing period so that annual PRO users will get one year’s worth of bandwidth all at once. Once you get over the bandwidth allocation, downloads stop completely instead of throttling the speed down. The server tells you when more bandwidth will be available and then you can try again.
How to get more free storage with Mega:
- 35 GB account registration bonus (30 days)
- 20 GB install MEGASync (180 days)
- 15 GB install mobile app (180 days)
- 10 GB referral bonus (365 days)
There’s no limit on how many friends you can refer.
The registration is fairly simple though it doesn’t support any outside helpers (Facebook& Google login).
MEGA has a modern-looking interface. It does what it was meant for, meaning it’s user-friendly. It feels very responsive and interactive. You have two options to pick from, the standard list or the larger icons. Both are viable – The list if you have a lot of files or the larger images for better clarity. There is no limit to how big the files are when uploading them to the cloud except your storage limit.
They also recommend you to use Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser. They have developed extensions for these two browsers. The extensions reduce loading times, improve download performance and strengthen security. More about them under the “Additional features”.
File previews & edits
You’re able to preview PDF documents directly in the browser, unfortunately, the same can’t be done with Office documents.
MEGA is no exception to the universal tradition. They’ve created their desktop application. It’s called MEGAsync and it is available on Windows, macOS and Linux. If you’re not aware of how this works check it here. Like in any other sync application, it allows you to create a sync folder to which you can then store your files. This is probably one of the most useful features overall when we’re talking about cloud storage.
It does, however, take up local storage space to synchronise files to your device unlike some other cloud storages.
The MEGAsync client worked extremely well for me during the extensive testing. The transfer speeds are unlimited. Changes made on your devices show up in the browser immediately.
There are no file size limits at Mega. Due to the nature of Mega’s software (client-side encryption) block-level sync simply isn’t possible. Block-level sync enables faster upload of already existing files that just need to be updated with a new version. They do have selective sync enabled though which makes it possible for you to sync only specific folders from your cloud drive.
The client also allows you to sync any folder from your device. Mega doesn’t offer cloud backup features though so check our best cloud backup list to find a suitable provider for that.
You have three options through which you can share your data. They all offer additional settings that you can modify as you wish.
- Sharing a download link – You can create a link to any folder or file in your storage. There are two different links that you can build – Locked or unlocked. If you wish to keep your data private and share it with only certain people, you send them the closed link with the encryption key included. You can also send a locked link without the encryption key. This is especially suitable when putting the link in public. After that, you just give the encryption key to those that need it. This way of sharing files can be for example seen in universities and colleges. You can also share the unlocked link – Files will be accessible to anyone.
In the Pro version, you can also assign an expiry date and set password protection.
- Sharing through email – You can share your files with a particular person by sending a link to their email. To access the files, they require to have a MEGA account. The sharing options are:
- Reading and writing (allows them to add files and folders, but they can’t delete or modify the current ones)
- Full access (allows adding, modifying and deleting files on your cloud)
- Sharing an upload link (MEGAdrop folders) – Anyone with this link will be able to upload a file to the folder you specified within your folder structure. They won’t see inside the folder nor will they require a Mega account to upload the files. A nice little additional feature that can be very useful. It’s also possible to embed them into your website for example, both in light and dark theme.
Sharing bandwidth limits have already been listed under “Pricing & Plans” and depend on your plan.
MEGA offers a file versioning system. If a file with the same name is uploaded again it gets replaced and the older version gets saved for a limited time period (up to 30 days). That time period can be expanded by upgrading to a pro version.
Restoring your data is rather easy. You just head to your trash bin and transfer them back to your cloud by clicking on the “move” button. Files in your bin keep their folder structure in case you need them again. When moving them back, you can also decide to which folder they should go.
Mega servers are located in the EU. The service originates from New Zeland.
Mega is known for its good security protocol. It uses AES encryption to secure files with client-side encryption just like pCloud and Sync.com. In addition to that, they use the “Zero-knowledge privacy” which means that they don’t keep any of your passwords or master keys, only you have access to them. The only way to recover your lost password is the account “Recovery key” which you receive upon registration. Make sure to save it as Mega will never store your password – or hold your recovery keys. Client-side encryption also means that they don’t have access to the encryption keys used to encrypt your files.
Mega prides itself with the User-Controlled Encryption (UCE) which provides automatic encryption for all data transferred to and stored on Mega’s cloud service. The user holds the encryption keys and can as such control who has access to his files. Not even Mega can see your files.
Mega is also open-sourced and GDPR compliant. If you would like to read up on Mega.nz security check out their white paper. They have made no mention of HIPAA compliance though so signing a BAA with them is probably a no-go.
You can also use two-step verification to take the security of your account one step further. This makes Mega one of the most secure cloud storage on the market.
This is one of the fields that MEGA could improve on. If you need any help, you can either contact them or go to their support centre. The support centre provides you with basic answers. You head there with one simple question and return with three more unanswered questions. The answers lack additional explanation and are missing some of the crucial facts, which were the reason why you would go there in the first place.
If you don’t find an answer there, which is likely to happen, you can contact their support through e-mail. While they prioritise the Pro users when answering the email, I still received the responding email when I was trying out MEGA as a free user the next day. They do not offer live chat and you can not call them for any additional questions.
MEGAcmd (available on Windows, macOS and Linux) is a command-line tool that allows you to interact with Mega servers in many different ways (suitable for more technical users). It enables quite a few features:
- Scriptable – Allows you to execute commands in your favourite scripting language.
- Live encrypted syncing
- Configure automatic backups
- WebDAV support
- Access and work with your files via FTP
You can learn more about MEGAcmd here.
MEGAchat is a securely encrypted chat that you can use for private messaging, calls and video calls. Voice chat is optimal with up to 20 callers. Video chat is optimal with up to 6 callers (subject to Internet connection quality).
“This extension will allow you to install MEGA into your browser. It will reduce loading times, improve download performance and strengthen security” – That’s what they say. There are a lot of positive reviews on the Chrome store, but they’re related to the cloud storage itself, not the extension. The extension itself doesn’t offer anything else than a button on the top through which you can connect to your cloud directly. The loading times are slightly better.
The mobile app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows phone systems. The synchronisation is actually really good and the whole app feels very responsive.
You also have the ability to upload photos and videos, store your files for offline usage and share them directly from the phone. You can also take pictures and save them directly to the cloud. Overall a very decent app.
Mega offers some unique pricing & plans, perhaps a bit expensive (Pro I plan) when compared to other cloud storages. The interface is modern and responsive. Download and upload speeds are unlimited but very dependent on your connection to their servers. They have definitely taken a step further when it comes to your privacy & security. Making their code open-source definitely speaks for itself. The online support is a bit limited. The mobile application is well made and it feels very responsive. Overall, MEGA is a very viable pick, but there are other better options available on the market that you should take a look at before jumping the gun.
Hopefully, we’ve gone through everything that you wanted to know about Mega within this Mega cloud storage review. If you have any unanswered questions feel free to ask them in the comments section down below and I’ll answer them shortly!