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Mega is a cloud storage and file hosting service offered by Mega Limited, a New Zealand-based company. The service is offered primarily through web-based apps. Mega mobile apps are also available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS.

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@kimanh

Pros

  • 50GB free cloud storage
  • Synchronize folders on your PC
  • Great mobile apps
  • Completely private encryption
  • Attractive, useful web interface
  • File versioning
  • Deleted file recovery

Cons

  • Windows only sync client
  • Security features aren’t as newbie friendly as other cloud storage services
  • Doesn’t transcode shared videos

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@Lovely2jo

MEGA has mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Blackberry.

I felt the Android app was polished and easy to use. With it, I could access my cloud files, upload files, move files, and create share links. It does everything the web interface does.

There’s a photo sync feature to automatically backup photos on your phone. A PIN unlock setting adds an additional layer of security, by requiring a passcode before opening the app.

MEGA also has apps for Chrome and Firefox, which are supposed to be faster than using the default web interface. I tested the Chrome app and it was definitely better than using the default web interface. Using the app resolved an issue where large files (many gigabytes in size) failed to download. So I highly recommend you use it, especially if you’re working with large files.

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@Thor

When you’re storing data in the cloud, security is extremely important. After all, you don’t want hackers or government agencies to have access to your data. Only you should have access to your files.

MEGA uses above-average security measures to protect your data. They’re as paranoid about the NSA as you are.

All data stored on MEGA is encrypted end to end. Data is only decrypted once it’s on the receiving device (i.e. your computer). MEGA stores your data encrypted at all times, and never has access to your decrypted data.

Your password unlocks your master encryption key. Without it, you can’t view your data. You can reset your password, but this requires a copy of your encryption key (which you can download as a backup).

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@comparman

MEGA is very, very fast when uploading and downloading files.

My upload speeds to MEGA averaged 7.8 megabits per second (Mbps), which maxed out my bandwidth. So potential speeds could be even higher.

As far as restore speeds, I downloaded a 10GB test file at 27.3 Mbps, which was just short of my 31 Mbps maximum.

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Platform: macOS
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Operating system: Windows Phone
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Operating system: Browser extension
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Initial release: January 19, 2013
Owner: Mega Ltd.
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