MEGA advertises itself as “the privacy company,” while Tresorit emphasizes its security features. The former service is near the top of our best cloud storage list, while the latter occupies the spot below it. We’ll see if that order holds when we compare them in this MEGA vs Tresorit battle.
If you want to know more about them, read our separate MEGA review and Tresorit review. If you can’t make up your mind, refer to our best cloud storage guide for help. Both are on it and can easily be compared with others.
Cloud storage services can be different things for different users, but we can compare most using common factors. They include storage cost, security and privacy, additional features, user experience and sharing. You need to figure out what’s most important for you, though. We’re going to declare an overall winner at the end to make the choice easier.
If a service offers a lot for the price, it’s a good value. Add to that an extensive number of plans and you get good plan flexibility so you can choose a plan that fits you like a glove. It’s great if the service offers a free plan or trial, too, so you can test it before committing. If you’re concerned with good value, read our best deals in cloud storage.
MEGA has a free plan, while Tresorit only has a free 14-day trial. MEGA’s free plan starts with 50GB of storage, but 35GB will evaporate after a time. You can get it back by jumping through some hoops, but it will disappear again after 180 days. Tresorit Send, a service that lets you send files up to 5GB, is in beta and free.
1-year plan $ 10.42/ month
$125.04 billed every year
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1-year plan $ 24.00/ month
$288.00 billed every year
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1-year plan $ 20.00/ month
$240.00 billed every year
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1-year plan $ 24.00/ month
$288.00 billed every year
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MEGA has a good amount of flexibility with its four paid plans. The first, Pro Lite, gives you 200GB of storage for $5.70 per month. The second expands that to 1TB and costs $11.42 a month. The third plan offers an impressive 4TB, but it costs $22.85 per month. The last plan, at $34.28 a month, doubles the amount of storage you get without doubling the price.
Tresorit has high prices to compensate for its strong security, but its paid plans don’t compare well with MEGA’s. Premium is the cheapest, yet it costs $10.42 per month for 200GB. That’s more than some charge for 2TB. Its other personal plan, Solo, provides 2TB of space for $24 per month.
The service offers business plans, too. Small Business costs $20 per user per month and gives you 1TB of storage for each user. The next step up, Business, is currently 50 percent off, so it costs $12 per user per month. It improves on the previous plan with additional features, such as advanced file control and support.
Enterprise costs $24 per user per month and enables you to have more than 100 users, use admin API and give staff training.
In this category, we consider the amount of storage you get for the money so the obvious winner is MEGA. Its plans cost half as much or have double the storage.
Security and Privacy
The internet is full of threats, so having good security is a must. Hackers won’t hesitate to target your data with ransomware or man-in-the-middle-attacks, and they might steal your login credentials, too.
Cloud services use many methods to secure data against potential threats. For example, the TLS protocol prevents man-in-the-middle attacks from succeeding and encryption secures your data in-transit and at-rest. Private, end-to-end encryption prevents anyone other than you from reading your files.
MEGA emphasizes its privacy and uses private encryption to protect files on the client side. The level of encryption is AES 128-bit, which isn’t as strong as AES 256-bit, but it shouldn’t be an issue because cracking it would still take millions of years. The TLS protocol adds another layer of protection to files in-transit. MEGA offers two-factor authentication, too.
If a MEGA user loses a device, the user can remotely destroy the session to prevent the loss from compromising their MEGA account. Versioning is available, too, so you can recover your files if they get hit by ransomware. If you need stronger versioning capabilities, read our best cloud storage for versioning.
Its source code is public, as well, so anyone who wants to check MEGA’s security can do so.
MEGA has data centers in New Zealand, Luxembourg, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Canada, all of which are more privacy-friendly than the U.S. MEGA even extends General Data Protection Regulation’s protections to all of its users, not just those who are from the EU.
As one of the most secure cloud storage services, Tresorit goes to great lengths to ensure your data is safe. The TLS protocol protects your files in-transit and AES 256-bit encryption secures them at-rest.
Tresorit uses private encryption to protect your privacy, but that means it won’t be able to reset your password if you lose it. The service also provides two-factor authentication to protect your account.
Tresorit keeps your data on servers in Ireland and the Netherlands, so you can be sure it complies with the GDPR, too.
Its data centers employ 24/7 security, surveillance and biometric scanning. They are compliant with the latest ISO standards and run Microsoft Azure, as well (read our Microsoft Azure review for more on that service).
If someone steals your device, you can remotely wipe the data on it to keep the thief from getting to it. If malware corrupts your files and asks for ransom money, you can avoid paying by using its file versioning to retrieve them, too.
More expensive plans let you define security policies for a set of users, enable admins to monitor devices and revoke access from them.
This round is close because both services have a strong commitment to privacy and security but Tresorit wins by a slight margin with its AES 256-bit encryption. If you’re not satisfied with how either one implements private encryption, read our best zero-knowledge services article.
A pleasant and straightforward user experience is better than one that is clunky, outdated and complex for the mainstream user. The service should work on the web, desktop and mobile, and the clients should have attractive and intuitive interfaces.
MEGA’s desktop app has a pleasant interface that uses the standard model of sync — a sync folder and a system tray icon that manages your sync and lets you access the settings. It presents information in a clear manner that won’t confuse you. The client works on Windows, macOS and Linux.
The web interface is fast and simple, and new users won’t be at a loss about what they need to do. You can navigate using the menu on the left and other features are located in the menu at the top right corner of the screen. You can use the top menu for general actions, but individual actions require you to right-click a file.
The mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS, makes it easy to browse your files and lets you upload photos and videos automatically. You can access your files offline with it, too. There’s a chat feature that uses MEGA’s encryption to secure your messages. It’s an interesting addition, but its usefulness is debatable given the dedicated chat apps out there.
Unlike MEGA, and most other cloud storage services, Tresorit has a feature-rich desktop client. That comes with a price, though, because using it isn’t straightforward. It requires you to create folders, called tresors, and sync them individually. The client is available on Windows, macOS and Linux.
The web interface is similar to the desktop one, but it doesn’t have the same options. There’s no page for “recents,” but there is one for “contacts.”
The mobile app is available for Android and iOS. It enables you to upload mobile files, such as photos and videos, and access your cloud storage.
Both services are featured in our best cloud storage for Linux piece. It has other recommendations, as well, if neither MEGA nor Tresorit works for you. While there’s no accounting for taste, simplicity and intuitiveness carry more weight in this category, so MEGA wins.
Sharing is one of the main benefits of uploading your files to the cloud and you’re more than likely going to do it. That’s why it should be easy, fast and have the capacity to go directly to the big social networks, individuals and groups. You should also be able to protect your shares using content controls, such as password protection, expiry dates and permissions, too.
MEGA’s web client lets you share files by generating a link that you can protect with a key. That makes them zero-knowledge, so only people you give the key can read them. You can attach the key with your link, which will allow anyone who has the link to access it, or send the key separately. You can also set a password or expiry date.
Another way to share a file is to send it to anyone you’ve added as a contact using the MEGA interface.
You can share a folder by generating a link, which works the same way as sharing files, or inviting others via their email address. If you do that, you can set “read-only,” “read and write” or “full access” permissions. To invite others to upload to your folder, including non-MEGA users, you can make it a “MEGAdrop” folder.
The web interface has a “shared with me” page, but it lacks one that shows what you’ve shared with others. The desktop app lets you share, too, but only by generating a link.
Tresorit lets you share content with specific individuals via email or generating a link and copying and pasting it. If you use an email to share a folder, the recipients will need to register for a Tresorit account. Files can only be shared with a link and don’t have that requirement.
You can protect links using a password, expiry date or download limit. Folders have three levels of permissions. They are “manager,” which can share, edit and view; “editor,” which can read and modify; and “view,” which can only read.
There’s a “links” view to help you keep track of the links you’ve created. Another tab, “contacts,” shows which people you’ve shared folder access with. There’s no way to create upload links or share to social networks, though.
Tresorit is on our list of the best cloud storage for sharing. It has the “contacts” page and is able to place download limits on links. Still, MEGA has upload link functionality, along with the ability to make links zero-knowledge, and that helps it win this round.
In this category, we’re going to take a look at features that cloud storage services don’t usually offer. Examples of those are file previews, advanced versioning, productivity apps, media playback and integrations with third-party apps.
MEGA doesn’t have much in the way of utility apps, but it does offer photo and video previews. You can’t preview Office files online, though, so you will have to download them.
One uncommon feature is chat, which you can initiate with contacts you’ve added to MEGA. It uses encryption to secure your communication in real time. For those who want a more hands-on approach, MEGAcmd is a command-line tool that lets you use your computer skills to work with files. The MEGAbird add-on lets you send large files using Mozilla Thunderbird.
The MEGA desktop client allows you to stream any file from your MEGA cloud or a file link on your favorite player.
Tresorit has a network drive feature called Tresorit Drive. It’s different from a sync folder because it only stores your data in the cloud, which frees space on your hard drive. You can turn sync off for any folder with selective sync, too.
If you use Microsoft Outlook, you’re in luck because Tresorit has an add-on for it. There are no third-party app integrations, though. Tresorit doesn’t have a media player or photo previewer, either. That said, the company has a good excuse for those shortcomings: private encryption prevents their use.
MEGA has more features, but Tresorit has the drive feature that lets you unsync files and folders while still being able to see them in your files explorer. Tresorit wins this round.
This battle was a close one in several aspects. The most decisive category is storage cost, where MEGA won by a large margin. Both services have strong security and privacy, but Tresorit proved to be better, even though MEGA was close. MEGA outshined Tresorit in the user experience category, though, and it was not a small difference.
MEGA won in the sharing category, too, thanks to its upload link and zero-knowledge capabilities. Tresorit managed to reduce MEGA’s lead with a win in the additional features category because of its drive functionality, but, in the end, MEGA had more wins and is our overall winner.
What do you think about this comparison? Do you think Tresorit’s security justifies its price tag? Do you agree that MEGA is the better choice? Let us know in the comments below, and read how Dropbox and MEGA compare, too. Thank you for reading.