MEGA Review

MEGA is an interesting cloud storage service that has been through a lot of changes. In its current incarnation it's as secure as it always was, but has shrunk its allotment of free storage space; sharing has improved, but could be better, still. Read on for the full MEGA review.

By Joseph Gildred – Last Updated: 30 May'18


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Not that long ago, MEGA cloud storage was synonymous with “alternative cloud storage.” It was the online repository of choice for torrenters and others who eschewed mainstream options like Google Drive and Dropbox. That was in part thanks to a generous allotment of free storage and bulletproof security, but also the counterculture bravado of its former chief, Kim Dotcom.

Kim Dotcom is no longer with the company, having been ousted from MEGA by a Chinese investor. That may or may not be a good thing. What’s decidedly unfortunate, however, is that MEGA no longer gives away large amounts of free cloud storage.

In reducing the amount of storage you get for free, the service must now bank primarily on its security profile to attract customers. As we’ll see in the upcoming MEGA review, that profile is mostly sound thanks to the inclusion of zero-knowledge security. Moreover, MEGA does have a few decent price plan offerings, including 4TB for $20 a month and 8TB for $30.

For those in search of secure cloud storage, we rank Sync.com  ahead of MEGA thanks to better file-sharing controls and two-factor authentication, but overall MEGA still deserves a place among the best cloud storage services out there. It just isn’t quite as compelling a service as it used to be.

Stick with us as we run down all the pros, cons and costs to find out if MEGA is the right cloud home for your files. For those looking for something different, we have a full library of cloud storage reviews for your consideration as well.

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Strengths & Weaknesses

Features

80% – Good

MEGA provides remote server space designed to declutter your hard drive and serve as a middleman for syncing content between your devices. One thing to be clear on, though: it isn’t an online backup service (what’s the difference?).

Unlike more mainstream cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, MEGA puts more emphasis on security than utility. That security includes zero-knowledge encryption and good file-sharing features designed to improve content control. We’ll look at both measures in detail later on in this review.

MEGA provides a few different ways to upload and access data: a web interface, desktop clients for Windows, Mac and Linux, and smartphone apps for Android and iOS. It’s actually one of just a handful of providers with a Linux client, which almost automatically places it among the best cloud storage for Linux options.

For those that enjoy a more hands-on feel, MEGA even has a command-line client.

Unlike many other privacy-oriented cloud tools, MEGA still lets you preview files, including streaming music and movies, making it a nice option for media, even if not ranked among the best cloud storage for photos and videos.

Until recently, MEGA didn’t support file versioning. It does now, and you can turn the feature on or off from the web interface. However, previous file versions do take up server space.

For sync, MEGA uses the familiar sync-folder model now favored by most cloud storage services. In addition to the primary sync folder, you can create sync relationships between your computer and the cloud for any folder in your file system. Other sync features include selective sync and sync throttle controls.

MEGA Chat

One feature that you won’t find among most personal cloud storage services that MEGA includes is a text and video chat tool. By adding contacts to MEGA, you can engage in secure real-time chat with them. MEGA claims these conversations aren’t logged by or visible to the company thanks to end-to-end encryption.

While the implementation is a bit clumsy and occasionally bug-ridden (as reported by some users) with file syncing, MEGA has a nice feature set overall and we tend to hear more good than bad. Up next, we’ll take a look at how much it all costs.

Pricing

78% – Good

For years, the big hook MEGA employed to attract new users was a nearly unmatched offer of 50GB of free cloud storage. That offer was taken off the table with little acknowledgment from the company in 2017.

You’ll still get 50GB when you sign up, but 35 of those gigabytes vanish after a month, leaving you with 15. That’s an offer that manages still to land MEGA among the best free cloud storage deals available, but it’s also a bait-and-switch that makes some of MEGA’s blemishes a bit harder to overlook.

You can earn some of that space back by completing actions like installing the MEGA Android app or referring friends, but any storage you get still expires, this time after a year, with no way to get it back other than paying for the service.

MEGA Storage Costs

The cost of storage with MEGA doesn’t overly impress, either, though there are certainly more expensive cloud storage services out there, like Tresorit (read our Tresorit review).


PlanFreePro LitePro IPro IIPro III
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Freeyearly
$ 5 79monthly
$ 11 59monthly
$ 23 19monthly
$ 34 80monthly
Storage 15 GB 200 GB 1000 GB 4000 GB 8000 GB
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Earn more free storage with an incentive program, although rewards expire after a certain period.

1TB transfer

2TB transfer

8TB transfer

16tB transfer


We like that you’re not forced to go right to a 1TB subscription, but $5 for 200GB isn’t a great deal. The $10 1TB plan, meanwhile, puts MEGA on par with Google Drive and Dropbox.

While you get the advantage of zero-knowledge security with MEGA, making it arguably a better value than Dropbox, at least, fellow zero-knowledge services Sync.com and pCloud both give you 2TB of storage for just $8 a month (see the best deals in cloud storage).

Perhaps the best offer in MEGA’s lineup of plans is its 4TB plan, which at $20 a month represents nice value. For those of you with massive music or movie collections, the company’s 8TB plan for $30 a month hits the spot as well.

While we applaud MEGA’s rare price-plan flexibility, the service does have one handicap that you won’t find with most modern cloud storage services: monthly bandwidth caps. The caps are roughly twice your storage allotment, however, so we don’t think this fact will prove too much of an impediment for most people.

Ease of Use

78% – Good

The MEGA web interface provides a dashboard that you can use to oversee your entire account, including total storage used, as well as the number of files in your storage and total files shared.

To access your files online, just click the cloud icon below the dashboard icon in the left-hand margin. This is called the “MEGA Cloud Drive.” The pane to the immediate left displays your folders, while the main pane shows the contents of whatever folder is selected.

There are three primary default folders: “MegaSync,” “MegaSync uploads” and “camera uploads.” Of course, you can create more folders, too. Do this by clicking the “+new folder” button near the top of the interface.

You can also upload entire folders from your desktop or individual files using the interface.

Most often, however, it’s easiest to work with MEGA directly from the desktop client. You’ll first need to install and sign into the client, but that should only take a minute or so.

While MEGA creates a sync folder automatically, you can configure more sync folders if you’d like to, which is a luxury not granted by most cloud storage solutions. We’ll look at the general sync process more in the next segment.

Desktop installation also gives you access to a settings tool.

Using this tool, you can check your storage allotment, configure MEGA to launch on startup and update automatically, add new sync folders, play with your bandwidth settings, set up a proxy and configure advanced settings.

Overall, MEGA makes cloud storage management pretty easy. If you’ve used Dropbox or Google Drive, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem using MEGA. However, file sharing with MEGA is a bit poorly implemented, as we’ll discuss in the next section.

File Syncing & Sharing

79% – Good

Once you’ve downloaded the MEGA desktop client and signed in, you’re given the option of performing either a full or selective sync.

A full sync will download every single file in your MEGA cloud drive onto your computer, while a selective sync lets you pick which folders in your drive get downloaded. You can play with this some later, which is important; without selective sync, cloud storage would do nothing to help you free up hard-drive space, after all.

The client creates a MEGA sync folder in your file system.

As with most cloud storage solutions, dragging files into this folder stores them on your hard drive and sends them to the cloud.

MEGA Sync Folders

As mentioned, you can create more sync folders if you’d like. That way, you can have separate sync folders for work documents, videos, photos or whatever else. Generally speaking, though, it’s easiest just to stick to one primary folder with subfolders contained within it.

MEGA actually lets you restrict certain file types from being synced, which is yet another uncommon cloud storage feature. To do so, access “settings” via the MEGA taskbar icon and select the “advanced” tab.

A few file types, like system and temp files, are already excluded for you.

Selective sync, a feature we mentioned earlier, lets you turn sync off for entire folders. Doing so means the files in those folders are only stored in the cloud and not also on your hard drive. This feature is commonly offered by most cloud storage services today and is key for clearing up hard-drive space.

Sharing with MEGA

You cannot share folders or files stored in the MEGA cloud from your desktop. For that, you’ll need to go online.

To share a folder, you can either generate a link pointing to that folder or invite another to access by inputting their email address. Sharing via email address, you can also grant read-only, read and write or full access. With full access, the person whom you’ve invited can grant folder access to others.

When sharing individual files, you can send that file to anyone you’ve added as a contact via the MEGA interface. However, they’ll need to be a MEGA account holder, too.

To share files with anyone, regardless of whether or not they use MEGA, generate a link instead.

Any file shared with MEGA retains its zero-knowledge protection, which we discuss more in the security section of this review. You can either create links with the decryption key attached or you can cut the encryption key and distribute it separately. For security, we’d recommend the latter approach, as anyone who obtains that link can access your files otherwise.

If you subscribe to MEGA Pro, you can also set expiry dates and separate link passwords. Such measures are useful for maintaining control of your content. Unlike Sync.com and Tresorit, two other security-minded storage solutions, you can’t set link download limits or create separate upload links.

Overall, however, we like MEGA’s approach to file sharing. Our only real complaint is that MEGA doesn’t have a separate view for auditing folders and files you’ve shared, just one for seeing what content other MEGA users have shared with you.

Speed

65% – Decent

Sync speed and reliability are both critical for many users to the overall cloud experience, particularly those that use cloud storage for work. In fact, mentions of failed or slow file syncing are some of the most frequent complaints we hear from our readers here at Cloudwards.net (not just for MEGA).

As with most cloud storage providers, user reports about speed and reliability are all over the place with MEGA. Some users report speeds that are better than Dropbox, while others report waiting an entire day for just 1GB of data to upload.

Contributing to those discrepancies may be that MEGA maintains multiple data centers around the world: Luxembourg, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand. While more data centers are generally good since it will reduce the distance to server and congestion, some data centers may offer better I/O than others.

Of course, we tested MEGA’s sync speeds ourselves, as we do when reviewing any cloud storage service. In conducting our tests, we uploaded and downloaded a 1GB test folder over a WiFi connection.

Our test folder was made up of many different file types and our WiFi connection had approximately 20Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speeds. Here are the results:


 Test One:Test Two:Average:
Upload:32 minutes40 minutes36 minutes
Download:8 minutes8.5 minutes8.25 minutes

With 10Mbps upload speeds, we would expect slightly below a 15-minute upload time. Our 36 minute average was nearly twice that, so not good.

A 1GB download at 20Mbps, on the other hand, should take a little over seven minutes. Our 8.25 minute average was comfortably in range of that speed.

For the record, we ran these tests out of Canggu, Bali. Presumably, we were using the New Zealand data center, but there’s no way to check or change that, unfortunately.

Summarily, our upload tests were much slower than most cloud storage services on average, while our download speeds were on target.

Security

79% – Good

With 50GB of free storage no longer on the table, the most compelling reason to choose MEGA over a mainstream cloud storage service is its use of private, end-to-end encryption.

Also called zero-knowledge encryption, MEGA includes this protection for free. Of the best zero-knowledge cloud storage services, Sync.com and Tresorit also offer zero-knowledge encryption for free, while pCloud charges extra.

The main advantage of zero-knowledge encryption is that only you can decrypt your files. MEGA can’t read your files unless you give the company your password, which means your files can’t be used for marketing purposes or rolled into a government surveillance program like PRISM.

MEGA Encryption

The level of encryption is AES-128. That’s not quite as strong as AES-256, but that shouldn’t matter since neither protocol level has been cracked (to the best of anyone’s knowledge). Brute forcing AES-128, in fact, would take a supercomputer several billion years to complete.

Both file content and filenames are encrypted. Files in-transit are also protected using transport-layer security (TLS), which is expected.

Where MEGA falls short of options like Sync.com and Tresorit is in not offering two-factor authentication. While encryption keys may be impossible to crack, weak passwords aren’t.

With two-factor authentication, anyone who steals your password would be forced to enter an additional security code, usually sent to your mobile device, when logging in from an unfamiliar computer. Without this feature, your data may be at risk.

If you do go with MEGA as your cloud storage provider, make sure you take steps to create a strong password and change that password frequently.

As all cloud storage services must, MEGA has taken steps to comply with the EU’s GDPR rules, implemented on May 25, 2018, to better protect user privacy. Many companies are extending these new protections to all customers rather than just EU users.

We reached out to MEGA to see if that included them. While we didn’t get a straight answer, MEGA’s own page on GDPR doesn’t specifically restrict those policies to EU customers.

Customer Support

50% – Poor

MEGA provides direct technical support via email. There are no options for live chat or telephone support, although such channels aren’t usually offered by cloud storage services, anyway.

We shot off a few test questions to MEGA to gauge response time. Responses came back in 24 to 48 hours, not all of our questions were answered and those that were answered weren’t directly answered. Instead, we got copy-and-paste answers and links that were only tangentially related.

Our conclusion: MEGA isn’t big on customer support.

MEGA does maintain a dedicated support page. There, you can search or browse articles based on platform, including web browser, desktop, iOS and Android. There’s also a list of FAQs on the main support page.

We did find the search option to be more or less useless, however. For example, there are no articles on “zero knowledge” and when we ran a search for “encryption,” a bunch of completely unrelated articles came back.

Articles themselves are also rather skimpy on content and MEGA could make better use of screenshots and other visuals to help new users out.

The Verdict

MEGA may not be the service it once was but it still has value. The inclusion of zero-knowledge encryption is the biggest benefit, while affordable price plans help it compete, especially for those with 4TB or more of data to store.

Reasons to stay away include frequent bug reports, though we didn’t run into any issues in our own testing. The biggest failings, in our view, are lackluster customer support and no two-factor authentication.

All that said, we do think MEGA deserves mention among the best cloud storage solutions, even if that’s mostly because there really aren’t that many exceptional solutions out there. How about you? Share your thoughts on MEGA below, and thanks for reading.

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Price Plan
Freeyearly
$ 5 79monthly
$ 11 59monthly
$ 23 19monthly
$ 34 80monthly
Storage 15 GB 200 GB 1000 GB 4000 GB 8000 GB
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Earn more free storage with an incentive program, although rewards expire after a certain period.

1TB transfer

2TB transfer

8TB transfer

16tB transfer

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Versioning
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MEGA Review

Less free than it seems, but good security.

MEGA is an interesting cloud storage service that has been through a lot of changes. In its current incarnation it's as secure as it always was, but has shrunk its allotment of free storage space; sharing has improved, but could be better, still. Read on for the full MEGA review.
Starts from$ 5 79monthly for 200 GB
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89 thoughts on “MEGA”

  1. EXCELLENT!!!!! I’ve been waiting for this for soooooooooo long and finally it is here! I’m expecting a lot from this service, screw google, screw dropbox THANK YOU KIMDOTCOM! You’re my heroe!

    1. Hey,
      Great! Just be careful to not rely on one single source for your backups. Especially, when it’s only a cloud storage solution.

      1. Will you please go into more detail about your concern and what general set-up you recommend for a complete backup? I want to understand the background regarding your comment.

        1. I’ve learned the hard way. The glitches have locked me out of my account for the second time within a month. Am I permanently locked out?? I still don’t know. I’m afraid to trust this company. It’s like sending your money to the bank, trusting that they will keep it safe, but then they tell you you can’t access your account anymore. What’s the purpose of trusting them in the first place?

        2. Lose the password, you can reset it – no problem. Only if you have the encryption key. Lose that too and you are locked out of your account forever.
          But kudos to Mega, they offered to set me up with a new account with the same email id. Thankfully, I had the encryption key scribbled down in a postit.

  2. Excellent service, when it comes to ‘secure alternatives’ ! However few software options presenting currently, but we can expect more soon. I guess that might be the only reason for the low rating, nevertheless I can’t wait !

  3. Forget Mega. To test, I created a free 50 GB account and tried to upload a 3 gb file. Upload speed was just under 60kb/s. The same speed that the 56k dial-up modems had about 25 years ago.

    To upload a 3 gb file takes 15 hours provided the connection is not broken.

    1. Lol you are a goose, 60KILBYTES a second is not the same as 56k dialup, which was 56KILOBITS. 15 hours to upload a 3gb file is not the issue of Mega, who have plenty of up and down bandwidth, it is an issue of your own upstream bandwidth which is obviously low. Check with your internet service provider. If it was dialup speeds it would take a month to upload that much..

    2. Same problem!!!!!!!!! I shut every other program down and just let Mega run and its taking 302978409138264789364786127864 hours to upload a 7MB file!!!!!!!!!!…It would take 180947519803647856478527 life times to upload 50GB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mega SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Perfect for what need it for – file backups and sharing. I use a dedicated offshore server with 100 mbps connection. Consistently receive 9Mb/s uploads to Mega and almost the same for downloads.

  5. Mega is a great service, the only problem with the free accounts are the limits, until they kick in the max speed I got is 100mbit in download and 120mbit in upload. When the limits kick in (when you reach 10GB per day limit), the speed can drop to 80kb/s, or even stop working. Love the encrypted idea, kinda feel like my files are safe, even tho I lost about 600GB of files to KimDotCom’s last megaupload failure, that is why I’m not excited about buying a subscription for more GB.

  6. MEGA is awesome. Really.
    50GB for free
    Much faster than Dropbox and Google Drive which I’ve been using
    Nice interface…

    a bit unstable web interface, but except from that – MEGA is the best service there is right now for free.

  7. What if I try to upload a folder that´s been uploaded previously? Does MEGA identify identical files and “skip” them or does it overwrite them? Thank you!

    1. Just awesome !
      Very crazy fast to upload and has the only option missing from all other cloud storage service: we can choose which folder we want to upload to the cloud and not only the default sync folder. So it’s kind of a backup cloud service too.

  8. I wasn’t smart enough to use it, I guess. I got my home movies (4GB range) on with a few problems but it worked. Problem was when I got to three of the five I wanted to put on here it kept giving me a message that it wanted to “Permanently” load data on my hard drive. I’m trying to relieve my hard drive and they want to put more on it. No thanks.

  9. I tried it today. And with the 50GB free qouta.
    Trying to upload 50 GB.
    It took, whole day to complete 1 GB so far. The performance is too slow!!!!!!!!!
    Not sure, if its because of encryption.
    I wish the performance is better to make me use it every day.

    But, its similar to any other cloud, on simplicity.

    Yet to try the support to make a comment on that.

  10. I am really happy when i got 50 gb bit i do feel not comfortable because next time i might lose it when you say stop free. If you stop free storage please give time to download all documents.
    Thanks from khmer2worldwide.com

  11. Extremely fast and easy to use.
    Uploading files goes at my max of 1,1 MBps (not bits).
    Downloading goes at like 6-11MBps.

    Definitely worth to check out.

    1. Wondering why I couldn’t download any files from using iPhone Mega App via Safari or any others download app

  12. easy to use. browser support are the biggest disadvantage.
    have problem when downloading very big file.
    have problem when multiple file.
    other than that all is okay

  13. i dont recommend their service and here is why:
    i signed up for their 2tb plan. their platform is easy to use, especially with the drag and drop. however, after uploading a couple of folders, i conducted a comparison between both (uploaded and locally stored) and found out that the size doesnt match at all!
    i emailed their support. very unreliable support service thats available on “bankers hours”!
    paying 20 euros for a plan that isnt backed up by available support is just a waste of time.
    i am still searching for a cloud service that provides real unlimited plans or anything above 2tb of storage.

    1. The size reported for the uploaded file may not mean it has not been stored correctly or completely. The reported size of a file depends on a lot of factors, including the possibility that the web site actually runs compression on the stored content to save disk space. If you do a bit of reading about how files are stored, you may discover that the reported size on disk may not really reflect the actual number of bytes in the information contained in the file. I shall not go into the extensive topic of how data is stored, but you can research it for yourself.

      Did you try to down-load the file to your computer (in a separate storage location, so it does not overwrite the original) and run a comparison with the original? This exercise might allay some of your concerns… Sometimes a bit of testing and some knowledge about how computer storage is done and reported by a directory listing can help allay your fears.

      Study a bit, then re-evaluate your concerns.

      Your concern about the size reported may or may not be a real issue… Check it out.

  14. The upload speed for me is great. I use Mega a lot. I use to to store some of my backup pictures, and if I want to bring pictures on a trip to show others. All my stuff gets uploaded quick, and I’m able to give my friend some of my files with the link. Overall – Great.. Check it out!

  15. I loved it… easy upload, etc etc. All the good stuff. But twice now, within a month, I’ve been locked out of my account and no way to get in. These are photos I’ve moved from my computer to regain storage space. No way would I ever use Mega again. I’m currently in a situation where I get an error message saying I don’t have the correct Firefox extension. But I do… I downloaded it yet again. But still, I get an error message saying Mega is not accessible for me. Have I lost all the photos I stored there? I still don’t know the answer to that. This is infuriating!!

    1. You have to remember the password. If not, please find your encryption key which you got during registration I guess. That’s the only way Mega kept it to support security which means they also cannot access it without these! What you can also do is reset account. But then it will delete all the data on cloud and create new account with same Email ID.
      Good luck finding the password or the key 🙂

  16. I use MEGA to backup and Sync my files alot. I’ve been using it for a good 6+ months now so I guess I can give you the good/bad/ugly

    Firstly, MEGA is by no means a perfect service. It has flaws. I would say that generally speaking however, 8/10 times in daily use, what I expect and what I get are the same thing; my files accessible, and at a reasonable speed.

    OK, now to list the problems that occur 2/10 times I use MEGA
    – sometimes when I share a file with a friend, the weird Web interface does not work with my friends browser
    – sometimes the pc sync client incorrectly says it is up to date, failing to detect I have created/modified inside of synced folders
    – randomly from the Android client I get ‘file temporarily unavailable’ this seems to fix itself given 10 mins or so but can be annoying
    – customer support is hit and miss, sometimes you get a reply, sometimes you don’t
    – modified file gets replaced by old file by sync client, especially with Blender files for some reason, for this reason I started always saving with incremented file names like doc1 doc2 to prevent this from happening

    My other complaints is that the Sync client is a bit alienating, unclear when it has updated and not telling you what has changed

    Even with all these problems I still choose MEGA because of their dedication to security which to me is the most important factor of consideration for cloud storage

  17. Ho all. I cant understand what are these crazy upload and download speeds? I am from Bulgaria, we are 3th place at the world in internet speed, just after South Korea and Romania 🙂 My connection is 84mbits and I download from Mega free user with over than 5mb/s. I upload with more than 3mb/s. It is extremely fast. Mega is the fastest free web claud.

  18. I’ve got a free account and am using Mega to store DCPs (film exhibition files) that are downloaded by film festivals. This means I’d ideally like to see them up there for a couple of years.

    Any one have any idea how long a files stays there? This isn’t made clear anywhere.

    1. The files stay there for as long as you stay active. That means you have to login once in a couple of months so your account doesnt get deleted from inactivity. Once in 3months.

  19. I am using Mega to backup my photos on my computer. I like the ease of the drag and drop feature to upload, and the fact that I can upload whole folders at a time. However, for some reason some of my files will not upload and under status it says “file is locked”. There is not further explanation as to what this means or why it will not upload. This is very frustrating, as it is a large amount of files. Please explain why this is happening and is there a way to get these files to upload? Thanks.

  20. Instead of fixing problems your only making things worse,
    Adding a new interface every time one logs in does fix bugs or problems.

    I get little or no support from MEGA at all.
    Of course their right on you soon as you go over your 50 GB free account, but as for actual problems from a real paying customers, you truly suck!

  21. Horrible slow uploads, downloads okay, but up is pain in my ass, horrible slow, unstable, upload broken at many times “Failed upload, try again” , unsafe, because everyone reported you few times, your account is locked, and you never get back acces for your files…it’s a little hypocrite from a man, who get riched by piracy.
    And 50 GB as a free user, that’s a final joke.

  22. Yup, the heavily censorship is working, i see, you not allowed write a negative review…

  23. 50Gb of storage. Right. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it?

    Well forget this Mega crap, for it’s sluggish speed will drive you mad. I’m sure a mid 19th century telegraphist could transfer my files faster using morse code than this program does…

    So forget it. It’s unusable.

  24. This is actually kind of pissing me off. I downloaded it for a torrent and now it’s taken ALL my files off my computer and stored them online? WTF….I wanted to download one item, not put all of my items on the internet. Is there any way to remove them from the cloud and back to my comp? ’cause it’s not letting me relocate the files.

  25. When trying to upload my files, it gets to a stage and says I should free up space on my phone otherwise my upload is disabled. I don’t know how this is possible, I got mega in the first place because I had no space on my phone, what space am I soppose to free?

  26. not very user friendly. i could rarely log into the web portal, regardless of the browser i was using. i was never able to log onto the app for my iPhone either which is very frustrating. i had 16GB of data saved to the service and got an email the other day saying that i had used my 50GB quota. found out there was somehow 34GB of stuff in my rubbish bin?? tried to log in to the web portal to delete the stuff from my rubbish bin and surprise surprise i couldn’t log into the web portal. also, even if i wanted to add more space, the prices for the pro accounts are very dear. their support took quite a while to respond to my queries as well.

  27. Michael says: not very user friendly.

    You can just use Mega Sync Client So it’s just as quick as Dropbox It is available for Linux; Windows and Mac

  28. I do not recommend this product. Secretly autoinstalled on my computer without my knowledge – annoyed me endless pop ups and took an hour to uninstall. This is an attempt to blackmail by annoyance to get you to buy – then punish you with 1 hour delete time. This is bullshit. Do not buy.

  29. I am very pleased with MEGA. I have been using the service for seven months with NO issues at all. The transfer speeds have been good in London, Nottingham and Liverpool. A lot of speed transfer issues are to do with your service provider and amount of net traffic they have to deal with. Perhaps I have been lucky. Kind regards to all.

  30. During a few weeks mega is blocked by the Belgium gouvernement. That is what my internet Belgium provider” Scarlet” tells me.
    Otherways Belgium providers sa: Proximus and Telenet don’t block this website.
    They say it has something to do whit the licence.
    Can you help me and whole Belgium, using Scarlet as provider, whit this problem?

    Greetz

  31. It’s the best ever.
    People moaning about slow uploads… Have you ever tried uploading 50GB of data on a Gb LAN ? Get real. Add to the fact that your PC is having to encrypt every file before uploading. Even if you had 100Mbps up-stream on your broadband that’s going to take hours to upload on a multi-hop encrypted file over an encrypted (SSL) data stream.
    It’s not somewhere to store all your movies. or to ren a back-up of your PC to, it’s a secure storage for “sensitive” files and it’s AWESOME

  32. I established a new free Mega account yesterday, and experienced nothing but troubles in trying to sync the cloud with only a 136MB of initial data!

    Upload speeds were extremely slow (taking 3-4 seconds for 4KB gif files!), other simple files (e.g., a 69KB PDF file) caused the sync to hang, and worst, after supposedly syncing a folder with over 3,000 small files (Mega says syncing was complete; I reinitiated it, and it said the same thing) the cloud storage was still over 500 files short!

    I was a former user of DropBox, and switched to Copy.com several years ago, and had absolutely no problems with either (unfortunately, Copy.com is discontinuing its service as of May 1). Initial setup and syncing for both were a breeze and automatic. Mega is slow and error-prone – I spent the last entire day attempting to have it (un)successfully sync only 136MB of files that Copy.com synced in just a few minutes!

    I cancelled my Mega account in less than 24 hours.

  33. Having done lots of research on the topic of cloud storage, my conclusion is that if you want your files to be completely secure, there are currently few other options as safe as MEGA. An interesting interview in this regard (conducted by cloudwards) can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJEzH3RPC9A.

    As for the upload and download speeds, I’ve compared them with Dropbox, Livedrive, Spideroak and Sync.com and found them to be the fastest (I’m based in Southern Germany).

    Even though PayPal, VISA and MasterCard have recently put pressure on MEGA regarding their zero knowledge policy (the US wants to have access to all our personal files and would therefore do almost anything to destroy platforms such as MEGA), MEGA did NOT change its security and encryption policies, thereby even accepting that PayPal no longer offers its services to them. That’s why I believe MEGA deserves our support now more than ever!

  34. Generally seems good – but beware of Syncing issues that delete data.

    I just moved a whole load of files from Dropbox over to MEGA, by dropping them in a folder synced to mega. Speed was excellent (using University wifi in northern England).

    Last night I checked every folder had the correct number of files.
    I noticed this morning that some folders I moved within the local mega sync folder had completely vanished, along with all their content, and 2 files had zero file size. Even after I forced MEGASync to scan.

    I had to restore them from Dropbox ‘recently deleted’, a feature that is not available on MEGA. (MEGA does have a trash can, but files moved out of the MEGASync folder, or deleted from a local synced folder don’t appear in it, unlike Dropbox, which even allows you to restore old versions of files that have changed). I found Dropbox utterly reliable, always syncing within seconds. MEGA sometimes syncs so quickly I don’t even notice the spinning syncing logo appear; but often it just sits there saying it’s up to date when it is not. A few minutes later it might start chugging away.

    Conclusion: massive free space, and secure; but Dropbox is way more solid & reliable at syncing.

  35. It would be great if one could Preview images and other documents besides seeing they have a file name or folder name. Otherwise the right and or wrong file would need to be downloaded to view and check it before working on or modifying it. Even better if Mega could work with OpenOffice or MS or Google apps to work on the file while in the Mega browser (someday). But at lease being able to Preview would get a big help!

  36. Excellent service, but now is too limited: 6 hours wait to download files.
    Now days, comparing this to other services like DepositFiles or FreakShare where you have to wait 1 hour, well…
    I’m not going to buy a membership for something I use one day every 6 months.

    Going back to Mediafire and Dropbox

  37. SLOW AND SLOWER, upload is mission impossible, SIMPLY HORRIBLE , 3 hour and can not up 1 Gb!!!! Dont waste your money!

  38. Honestly I’ve never had such a problem with MEGA. A few times it Will kinda stall on an upload but I think that was just poor interaction with the gui because it would show no progress and then all of a sudden be complete. Also never had a missing file either. I’ve been using it for about 2 years now I think.
    I honestly prefer the mobile android version over the pc one just because it’s a lot more user friendly.
    I do have advice for anyone uploading huge files though. My suggestion is that you zip your files, one huge file will upload and download quicker than like a thousand small separate ones.
    Also, I think it’s safe to assume that those who are subjected to such slow speeds should probably not blame mega specifically. There are a few things you should take into consideration like firewalls and your internet settings before blaming mega. I only say this because so many people my self included think the speeds are great. Sure, Maybe mega isn’t the most universally grand service but I think you might want to consider it’s purpose, security. It doesn’t promise everyone’s set up will be compatible, though it would be nice it promises safety. On top of that 50gb for free is a hell of a deal.
    Well there’s my 2 cents ciao.

  39. They do have sync clients now, and they have a sync client also for linux (while big Google never bothered creating a linux client for google drive…)

  40. Mega limits my transfer after 50 kB or so, stating I have reached my limit, and wants me to wait 7 h before a new attempt. It is ridiculous to offer 50 GB if you cannot sync even small files at a decent rate.

  41. Hi! can anybody help me? I have been using mega for several months already to download some videos. however, last night, i got this message:

    Bandwidth quota exceeded
    Your download could not proceed because it would take you over the current free transfer allowance for your IP address.

    To enhance this limit, you can register an account. This will not only give you ample extra bandwidth but also 50 GB of secure storage space in the cloud – for free.

    I am already logged in and I have been researching about it online and its said that it will refill after 10 or minutes. My computer has been shut down for more than 6 hours and more than 24 hours since I tried using mega again but i still get this message.

    how do i get to download again from mega? hope someone can help me. thanks!

  42. That’s true, i have like 40GB of backup and i am already downloading again my files… It’s a shame! I have to download so slow! What’s the point of having 50GB of storage free if you can’t download it properly when you need? That’s not worth it… I will stay with Google Drive, way better, because at least i have support, and, i can download my files normally. What a poor service from MEGA!!!

  43. I had same problem like up here, but dont have Mega account.

    Of course i am not downloading pirate stuff or something like that, but 3D models for XNA/XPS Lara program.

  44. i have a pro lite mega account. 200GB of storage. i’m using 98 gb. i have 1 big 36gb file uploaded. i have verizon fios fiber optic 100mb down and up. upload is very fast. i’m very happy with mega.

  45. I have been using MEGA for three months with no problems. Average upload and good downlod speed for countries with good internet (like Bulgaria). However I backup my most important files to another location.

  46. I am about to quit using mega, I am currently looking at alternatives. Initially I fond the syncing brilliant, although it takes ages to complete the first sync, sometimes days if it is a large folder. One first sync is over new or updated files in the sync are upload almost instantly. My big problems are when I lost a few discs which affected two syncs, for one of syncs I was able to recover the data from the disc except for a few files, the other I could not. I recreated folders on a new machine and configured folders to sync with the mega folders, I expected the mega syncs to restore missing files. Both syncs reported that there were pending downloads, 10 in one case and 29000 in other but neither ever completed. With mega browser interface you can select a folder to download. The folder file download did not seem to do anything, the download folder as zip file also had issues. Initially the folder I wanted to download was 4.5gb and when attempting to download it warned you that it would create a zip64 file but then did not appear did show it was doing something on by showing a percentage complete on tab heading, after 6 hour it had reached 17% and then stopped. I realised there was a sub folder that I no longer required a deleted this sub folder from the mega backup. The brought the size of backup down to 3.95gb when I then tried to download folder as a zip it did not give me message regarding zip64 but surprised me to start downloading the zip file. It did take 2 hours to complete the download. Normally I would expect to download a 4gb file in under an hour. If you ever want to recover a really large sync folder, I would suspect you would find it almost impossible. The 10 files in other sync I could identify and download individually. I have only used free version, I do not know if things are better if you pay but I am looking for something better.

  47. I’ve been using the free 50GB for some time now to backup my Genealogy files. It’s been fabulous. The upload speed is good, the ease of use is brilliant, the free space available doesn’t compare to other free cloud storage, super security, non-intrusive desktop software. Realtime backup which I want so as I work on my files they are being updated.

  48. I simply HAVE to say this: I’ve using Mega to backup my main files on laptop. Yesterday I accidentally modified a very important file that I had just moved from one folder to another.

    Mega detected this as a deleted file and passed it to the “Debris” section. This way I could recover this file perfectly. This is a feature (Debris) I had never used before, I’m usually very careful.

    But now that I needed it, to have it so perfectly organized and secure, I can only say

    Thanks Mega!!!!!!!

  49. One of the best and apparently most overlooked features is REAL SELECTIVE SYNC!
    You can choose which *existing* folders you want to sync, it doesn’t force you to put everything into one specific folder.
    AFAIK, this is severely lacking in other cloud storage services, only Sugarsync and Copy.com had this feature, but that’s gone or for a fee now.

  50. I have not tried MEGA, but wanted to learn about it, so I have read all the posts, here. My reactions are:
    – For serious file back-up and security of your files, it is likely much more wise to purchase a physically small hard drive with some good, reliable back-up software and use that drive, which is not vulnerable to “cloud” file-storage changes of rules or idiosyncracies, and the price is reasonable enough, considering the alternatives.
    — Then, unplug it after each back-up session and store it in a safe place until needed for another back-up or restore session. Large capacity drives, such as the WD Passport 3Tb drive, offer a good amount of secure (if you use it properly) and reliable back-up for around 100USD, and is not subject to the whims of on-line (cloud) storage companies or hackers, when used wisely.

    – For file sharing, MEGA looks good, but caution in what is stored, how it is stored and maintaining both the original file(s) in a safe, locally accessible place, such as on a back-up drive mentioned above, and using reasonable caution about keeping good records for your access to the account and the files stored there. [Keep good records of passwords, web address and what is being stored, in a safe place or places (more than one copy is wise).]

    If you are concerned about others either gaining access to your files or other information, putting that stuff in a publicly accessible place that is the target of a lot of hackers and others, such as NSA, etc. is not the most reasonable thing to do. Remember that if you stick your chin out far enough, you are inviting someone to try to hit it for you and “on line” is an excellent place for some anonymous person or agency to cause you some real pain!

  51. Stay away! Nowhere does it say your 50 free gigs is a time limited trial. Just received an email that my “trial” expires in 7 days and either upgrade or remove my files before they get deleted at the end of the 7 days… total junk. Waste of time now to transfer my files AGAIN to another cloud storage

    1. He’s right. You start with a base of 15GB, and get a time-limited registration bonus of 35GB.

  52. Well said Danny, I did the same yesterday and fully agree with everything you say !!

    Uploaded 4 x 2Gb files in under and hour.

    So far so good

  53. I’ve been using Mega (free account) for a few years, mostly to archive photographs in JPG and native RAW format. My main grumble is the occasional and unexplainable ‘hangs’ that occur on seemingly ordinary files, often getting to 90%+ and then trying multiple times to send. Otherwise 50Gb of free storage is a definite plus.

  54. I suppose it could be the encoding time on my end. Any way to upload with encoding ‘off’ to check?

  55. OK… None of the other Cloud storage services that I have tested have come even close to the transfer speeds of Mega.nz.

    I’m on Comcast HSI and I can do about 300Mbit down and about 35Mbit upstream.

    My test show that upload to Mega is between 500KB per second and 750KB per second. I was able to transfer a 1GB file in about 30 minutes.

    Downloads are nothing short of incredibly fast using the Mega App on the PC. It topped my downstream speed at 35MB per second!!! Yes 35 megabytes of data every second!!!

    So if transfer speeds are important to you…Go with Mega.nz

    Cons: You can only pay in Euros.

  56. Have anyone tested Mega’s exclude-file feature? I tried to exclude *.JPG but it still uploads them.

  57. Be careful !!!

    Since 2018 Mega has a different goal. For 3 months 35 GB free or 20 GB free with MegaSync. After 3 months the account can only hold 15 GB

  58. fukin piece of shitt use less thing wasted 8 hours downloading something only the say i need to sign up and when i did sign up it restarted the download…..fuckkk

  59. helo guys. i uploaded some files and i noticed no thumb view for video files. pictures yes. anyone know what was the reason?

  60. With MegaSync installed I can actually get a shareable link and view previous versions of a file through two options in the context menu.

    I’ve been using Mega for years alongside Dropbox on all my platforms (Windows, Linux, Android). Overall, a bit slower transfers than Dropbox because it can’t update in blocks or de-duplicate, thanks to zero-knowledge, but otherwise it’s practically identical to Dropbox without the pointless (for me) collaboration tools. The only think missing oddly is two-step verification. I am guessing it will be added soon.

    The major advantage of Mega is zero-knowledge as a matter of principle and compliance with EU’s GDPR and other data protection requirements.

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MEGA Review

Less free than it seems, but good security.

MEGA is an interesting cloud storage service that has been through a lot of changes. In its current incarnation it's as secure as it always was, but has shrunk its allotment of free storage space; sharing has improved, but could be better, still. Read on for the full MEGA review.
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