Mega.nz Review

Pros:

  • pros End-to-end encryption
  • pros Generous free plan
  • pros Very user-friendly
  • pros Great platform availability
  • pros Paid plans offer huge amounts of storage

Cons:

  • cons Lacks many collaboration features
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Score: A

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Mega is a legendary titan in the cloud storage world. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Mega provides limit-free encrypted storage for business users. If you’re looking for cloud storage for your business, make a short list – Google Drive, Dropbox, and Mega.nz – and review the three to see which is the best match for your needs and budget. Mega deserves especially close consideration because of its end-to-end encryption model, which guarantees complete protection for your data. It also has a generous free plan and affordable pricing for its high-capacity paid plans.

A Rich History

Launched in 2013 before most people knew what the cloud was, Mega.nz has grown steadily and become one of the wired world’s most popular cloud storage services. As you’ll see in our Mega.nz cloud storage review, the company offers many features to justify its popularity. But it’s not just the features. Mega has a past, a history that allowed it to sign up more than 100,000 users in its very first hour of operation.

Mega.nz is a successor company to the infamous Megaupload, a Hong-Kong-based online storage company whose domains were seized in 2012 by the US Department of Justice. Megaupload was immensely popular within the internet piracy community. The company and its owner, the notoriously eccentric entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, were charged with running a company dedicated to copyright infringement. 

Dotcom was a founder and large Mega.nz shareholder in the early days, but they parted ways long ago. You need only visit the Mega.nz site and review the About Us page to confirm that the relationship between Mega.nz and the world of piracy has ended. Mega has gone legit.

Still, the company’s roots have had a positive effect on Mega’s growth. Users with privacy concerns have flocked to the Mega.nz banner. Mega has responded with end-to-end encryption technology and policies that protect users and their data. The company has embraced its image as a bulwark against intrusive companies and governments.

Features

As you’ll quickly discover when you review Mega.nz as a potential cloud storage platform for your business, the company focuses on providing top-notch security – even at the expense of utility, integration, and compatibility, which are the hallmarks of its main competitors, Google Drive and Dropbox. However, its extremely simple interface and easy-to-understand features make it ideal for users with no prior knowledge of how cloud storage works. Let’s take a look at Mega’s main features.

End-to-End Encryption

Mega’s marketing messages begin with the service’s advanced encryption capabilities. End-to-end encryption provides full-spectrum safety and privacy to users. If your data passes a Mega.nz security review, it’s really secure.

End-to-end encryption means that all of the files and data that you store at Mega are encrypted before transmission and while being stored on Mega’s cloud servers. Only you and the people you authorize to access them can decode the data. No one else can access and decrypt your files: not your ISP, not malicious attackers, not government snoops, not even Mega engineers. Only you and the people you share the encryption key with can decrypt the files.

Point your browser at https://Mega.nz/ and review the details for yourself – you’ll find them on a page titled Privacy.

With end-to-end encryption, even governments and international agencies with a proper warrant can’t gain access to your files from Mega, as the company can’t decrypt your files either. 

Mega’s encryption system relies on unique private keys that are generated locally for each user. When you create your Mega account, your private key – a long string of numbers and characters – is generated automatically. You can download it and save it in a secure password manager, encrypted USB stick, or well-hidden piece of paper. Keeping this private key safe is crucial. If you lose it, you’ll lose access to your stored files forever.

File Storage

The next step in evaluating Mega cloud storage is to review and analyze its storage options.

Once you download the Mega app, it’s easy to set up folders that you want automatically backed up to the cloud and synced across all your devices. The default folder for storage and syncing is placed in the documents section of your hard drive and labelled “Megasync.”

The amount of data you can store on Mega depends on your pricing plan. The free package gives you 50 GB of storage. We’ll cover the other options later.

Your folders in the Mega cloud can be accessed from all the devices you’ve installed the app on – or straight from the browser by logging on to Mega’s website. 

During the research phase of our Mega online storage review, we discovered several useful options. You can set up specific file types, such as .tmp files, to be synced or ignored. This prevents useless files from eating up your storage space and bandwidth. 

As for bandwidth, Mega makes it easy to limit upload and download speeds according to your needs. Additionally, you can tell Mega to automatically delete files older than a certain number of days, removing unneeded clutter from your folders.

File Sharing

Sharing files is one of Mega’s key strengths. If you wish to share data you have stored in the Mega cloud, review the various procedures, pick one, and share as much as you wish. 

The first method is to right-click on the file or folder you wish to share and click Share on the context menu that pops up. Type email addresses for the people you wish to share with and click Send. Recipients will receive invitations as email messages. This is not the optimal way to share files, as it requires every recipient to have an account with Mega, which we found more than slightly slightly annoying.

A bit of additional digging while researching our Mega storage review led us to a superior way of sharing files quickly and safely: creating a shareable link. When you share a file or folder by sharing a link generated by Mega, the recipient requires a private key (different from the one you use to access your account) to decrypt the data you have shared. This private key is generated automatically when you create the link. You can send it along with the link or through a separate channel to maintain top security. 

If you’re using one of the paid versions of Mega, you can also add a password and an expiration date to the link. Our careful Mega file storage review further revealed that you can choose whether shared files will be read-only or editable for recipients.

Incoming and outgoing shares are listed in the Mega app’s “shared with me” tab. You can navigate to that tab to edit or remove access to shared data as needed.

Collaboration

Because Mega.nz has a security-first approach, collaboration features aren’t at the top of the priority list. Airtight security relying on end-to-end encryption prevents Mega.nz from integrating with services like Google Drive, as that would compromise the encryption chain. 

However, Mega does have some useful collaboration capabilities. 

First, you can add other Mega users as contacts. Your contacts can be existing users or new ones you’ve invited through file sharing. Mega cloud storage reviews the status of potential collaborators before enabling chats or file sharing.

Conversations with contacts are protected by end-to-end encryption, which prevents third parties from tapping in even if you’re using an insecure connection at an airport coffee shop. Having collaborators in your contacts list makes file and folder sharing easier, too. Note that while your conversations are encrypted, metadata like contact emails is not.

In recent updates, Mega has added a much-requested versioning feature. It gives you access to the past versions of files saved in Mega cloud storage. This helps you track what you and other collaborators have changed in shared files and allows you to revert to earlier versions. Our Mega sync review reveals versioning as an especially useful feature for those affected by ransomware attacks. If local versions of your files are locked by ransomware, you can restore earlier versions with Mega.

There’s another useful feature for collaboration: a Mozilla Thunderbird extension called Megabird. It lets you send extremely large files to others over email regardless of any limitations imposed by your email service.

Additional Security

In addition to end-to-end encryption, the people behind Mega pride themselves on their dedication to transparent and non-intrusive security. The company really does seem completely devoted to preserving clients’ privacy. The Mega cloud services commitment to security is so deep the company makes its source code publicly available on Github so potential users can conduct their own security audits. Is Mega.nz safe? Oh yes it is. We are convinced.

According to its privacy policies and legal notices, Mega complies fully with the GDPR, the European Union’s personal data privacy regulations. Mega.nz follows GDPR guidelines for users anywhere in the world, not just in the European Union. 

Want more? Mega has recently added two-factor authentication as an additional layer of security.

The rest is up to you. Mega recommends that you monitor the physical security of your devices and use a good password manager.

User Interface and Platform Availability

Next up in our Mega app review: a look at the user interface and overall visuals. Mega’s interface is very modern, featuring sharp, contrasting colors and a clear design, making it a pleasure to use. Any tool or feature you might need is extremely easy to spot, with symbols clearly representing what each button is for. All options are a single click away, so there’s no need to scour through menus and submenus when you want to perform a needed action.

One of the main ways you can use Mega is through the browser. Unlike some of the people who write Mega.nz reviews, we found the online interface to be surprisingly responsive and fully intuitive. All the necessary navigation buttons can be found on the left, while account-related options are accessed from a hamburger menu in the top-right corner. All the features you might need can be easily accessed in the browser version: uploading and syncing folders, sharing, adding contacts and chatting with them, and so on.

In addition to accessing Mega through the browser, you can use the Mega desktop app, which is available for Windows and macOS. There are also mobile apps for Android and iOS. When researching our Mega desktop app review, we found ourselves using the desktop app much like we use the apps of other cloud storage companies. The app runs mostly in the background, syncing the folders you’ve chosen. Although you can do everything you want to do with the desktop app, we found loading it to be a nuisance, so we mostly used the browser version.

The Mega mobile app allows you to send, download, and upload files. You can also reorganize your cloud storage folders in any way you wish. The app lets you set up your phone to upload photos and videos to the cloud automatically, which is an especially useful space-saving feature.

Mega also offers browser extensions for Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera. During our Mega.nz review, we tested these extensions, and for the most part we’re satisfied with their performance. The extensions decrease load times for folders and the Mega dashboard while increasing the speed of your downloads and uploads. 

They’re built using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, which means the client code is executed on your system, increasing speed and security. When extensions are updated, data transfers are protected by cryptographic private key signing. One benefit of using the appropriate browser extension is that it keeps track of your password so you don’t have to type it every time you access your files.

Ease of Use

We were impressed at how easy it was to use and master the Mega cloud service. Making a Mega.nz account is simplicity itself: just type your email address, choose a password, and click the verification link that arrives in your email. 

After your account has been set up, you’re taken to your browser-based dashboard. There, you’ll be greeted by a helpful pop-up tutorial that takes you through the most basic of Mega’s features and you’ll learn what the various navigation buttons do. This painless introduction makes it extremely easy to get a grip on most of Mega’s features and capabilities.

When installing the Mega cloud storage desktop app, you’re allowed to set up your sync folders, which means you can quickly and easily start sending files to the Mega cloud for storage (or downloading them if you’ve already set up your account on another device). The mobile app also does a very good job of explaining its basic functions and making Mega cloud storage services approachable.

Pricing

Pricing plans for Mega cloud storage services are divided into multiple tiers. There’s a fairly generous free Mega pricing plan available, which naturally has the most limitations regarding how much storage you get and how much data you can transfer to and from cloud storage each month. Charged monthly, the Pro plans bring increased storage and a larger monthly Mega transfer quota. Lastly, there’s the Mega Business plan, which allows multiple users, unlimited storage space, and unlimited data transfer.

Mega says its free plan gives you 50 GB of free cloud storage. This isn’t entirely true. What you actually get is 15 GB of free storage plus 35 GB more that evaporates after the first month. With the Mega free plan, your transfer quota is limited to 5 GB per day – about 150 GB per month.

There are multiple ways to increase both storage space and transfer limits with Mega’s free plan. First, you get 20 GB more storage and 40 GB of additional data transfer just by adding your phone number to your Mega account. Additional bonuses come from installing the desktop app and inviting friends to sign up for their own Mega accounts.

The paid plans are divided into four tiers: Pro Lite, Pro I, Pro II, and Pro III. These plans differ primarily in their monthly price, with pricier plans bringing increased storage and transfer quotas. Mega account pricing for Pro plans is as follows:

Tier

Price

Storage

Transfer quota

Pro Lite

€4.99/month

400 GB

1 TB

Pro I

€9.99/month

2 TB

2 TB

Pro II

€19.99/month

8 TB

8 TB

Pro III

€29.99/month

16 TB

16 TB

These prices are similar to what you’ll find at the internet’s other big cloud storage services, Dropbox and Google Drive. All three offer basic 2 TB storage plans for €9.99. However, Dropbox and Google Drive plans don’t go as high as Mega online storage does. And when you pay a year in advance, Mega ends up cheaper – about €1.5 per TB per month.

Mega’s free and paid plans have nearly identical core features, which is always commendable. Among the few features reserved for paid Mega plans is the ability to set up expiration dates and passwords for shared files and folders. Mega also features a referral program, where you earn 20% of revenue from purchases made by people you’ve invited to join.

The Mega Business plan is great value for companies that sign up with three or more users. The Mega for business price is €10 per user per month. In addition to unlimited storage and transfer of business-related data, the Business plan includes user-management tools; secure conferencing via text, voice, and video; and easy data sharing for team members. It also allows people to send files to you or receive files from you without signing up for Mega accounts.

Customer Support

Mega customer service won’t win any awards. Not because the staff is rude or unhelpful – far from it – but because they can be contacted only via email. Response times can vary but according to Mega, the longest you’ll wait is 24 hours.

Our Mega.nz client app review left us disappointed by the lack of customer support options such as live chat or phone support – both of which are offered by Mega’s competitors. However, except for potential account or billing issues, you’re probably not going to run into problems. 

In addition to email support, there’s a help center on the website. It holds the answers to lots of common questions, including an installation guide, account features, billing, and more. The answers in the help center are intelligently divided into subsections so you can easily find precisely the answers you’re looking for.

Conclusion

As our Mega.nz review demonstrates, when it comes to secure cloud storage, no one competes with Mega. Thanks to strong end-to-end encryption and other security features, you can rest assured that no one besides you and the people you share files with will be able to access your data. Mega’s free plan is also very generous (though it doesn’t really give you 50 GB of storage), and you can easily gain additional storage by completing various tasks and referring your friends. 

Mega’s service is user-friendly and easy to master, with very affordable pricing. However, due to Mega storage’s focus on security, many collaboration features offered by the company’s competitors are missing. If you wish to collaborate with colleagues on cloud-based projects, Google Drive is probably the superior choice. But if you’re looking for top security in your cloud storage solution, look no further than Mega.

FAQ

Is Mega NZ safe?

Mega is very dedicated to security, with strong encryption measures in place. Further, the company posts its algorithms on Github publicly so anyone can audit them for security issues.

Is downloading from Mega illegal?

No, but if you happen to download illegal material or violate a publisher’s copyright by downloading from someone’s Mega cloud drive, you’d be at some risk.

Is Mega NZ free?

Mega has a generous free plan with 50 GB of free storage (35 of which is usable only the first month). By completing various tasks and inviting friends, you can increase storage capacity and transfer quotas.

Is Mega better than Dropbox?

As we’ve indicated in our Mega.nz review, Mega is the superior choice for users looking for huge amounts of tightly secured storage. If you’re looking for advanced collaboration features or slightly better syncing features, Dropbox might be the better choice.