Review of Cloud Storage Service MEGA

Get 50 GB of Free Cloud Storage with MEGA

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MEGA offers 50 GB of free online data storage with support for sharing and mobile uploads.

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MEGA Features

MEGA users immediately get 50 GB of free cloud storage space. There aren't any ways to earn more free space with MEGA.

Pros:

  • Instant access to 50 GB of free storage
  • Can share folders with the public
  • Supports multiple file/folder downloads as a ZIP file
  • Allows uploading from the mobile app
  • Upload whole folders using a browser
  • Can control the speed of uploads through the browser
  • Supports pausing uploads

Cons:

  • 10 GB bandwidth limit (refills every 30 minutes)
  • No advanced links sharing like password protection

File Sharing with MEGA

A whole folder or individual files can be shared from your MEGA account so that anyone can download your shared content without the need for their own username and password.

MEGA Applications

Mobile applications to access your MEGA account are available for iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Android users. You can search, upload, download, stream, and share any of your files on the go.

There's also a Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop program called MEGAsync that creates a folder on your computer where you can drag and drop files and folders to upload to your MEGA account.

Mozilla Thunderbird users can use the MEGAbird add-on to easily share large files over email. It works by first uploading the files to MEGA and then sharing the link.

My Thoughts on MEGA

MEGA was created to help curb the privacy issues other cloud storage services seem to be subject to. While end-to-end data encryption is a great incentive to choose MEGA, the free 50 GB should certainly be your second reason.

There are bandwidth speed limits you can set in either your account settings when uploading through a browser or in the desktop sync client when using the application.

 The upload interface for browsers actually seems a bit like a program that's installed on your PC, so it's really easy to use and even supports whole folder uploads.

The desktop sync client can exclude file uploads that have particular keywords in them so you aren't uploading a ton of unnecessary content, which is very nice. The client software also has a wonderful progress display that shows what's currently uploading, how much time is remaining, and the files that have recently changed.

I don't like that there aren't any advanced sharing features when sending MEGA files - all you can do is create a public link. Password protection or link expiration would be a huge plus.

The 10 GB bandwidth limit may seem like a downfall, but even if you use it all at once, it will start coming back within a short 30 minute time frame, which is just fine with me.

All these things considered, I'll say I'm a pretty big fan of MEGA. A secure 50 GB of free cloud storage is a wonderful offer.

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If you're not sure if you'll like MEGA, see this comparison table for a better view of how its features compare to a few other cloud storage services I recommend.