Mega.nz is New Zealand’s biggest cloud provider and one that has built up a big reputation over the last few years.
But with so many cloud solutions now available, does this solution offer something that makes it stand out from the crowd?
What Is Mega.nz?
Mega.nz aims to make cloud file storage as simple as possible and this feeling is strongly promoted by its advertising and website. It is certainly good to see their commitment to delivering a user-friendly platform.
But how does Mega.nz fare with this goal?
Firstly, Mega.nz delivers 24/7 access to date – a bare minimum with cloud storage. It backs this up with a pleasing interface, which enables you to use either a web browser or apps in order to access the cloud storage system.
Mega.nz also promises to exceed the speed of other cloud providers, while syncing your files and folders reliably.
First of all, the customer support for this site is not the best. While the company does answer email messages rapidly, there are no options available for either live chat or telephone support. This is hardly ideal.
The key features of Mega.nz are somewhat different to other cloud providers. The likes of Dropbox and Google Drive focus more on utility, whereas Mega.nz is centered around security.
I was particularly pleased that Mega.nz is something of a market leader with regard to Linux, placing emphasis on this rare and almost cult operating system. There are options available for mobile users as well, with both Android and iOS app version of the software made readily available.
Those who like classics will also enjoy the command-line interface that has been included.
Mega.nz has recently included versioning for the first time, providing protection against malware such as ransomware. While the sync-folder model used by the cloud storage system is pretty decent.
This is a user-friendly system as well, with the web interface relatively easy to utilize. A dashboard providing various statistics about your account is also a useful feature and one that I thought was pretty cool. Folders are customizable and can be managed fairly comfortably with a drag-and-drop system.
So, that’s what’s good about Mega.nz, but what are their downsides?
Room For Improvement
Mega.nz does sync files, but it doesn’t do a good job of sharing them – apart from the fact that they allow you to choose which files and file types are shared, which is a valuable provision.
However, you cannot share folders of files stored in the Mega client from your desktop – you have to go online instead. This is an annoying omission, and one that seems easily rectified but has yet to be addressed.
There also isn’t a separate view for auditing folders and files you’ve shared, making this process a little fiddly, and once again marking Mega.nz down as a below-par sharing solution.
Speed was also mediocre (at least in my experience). Other Mega.nz reviews have suggested this as well, indicating that the system performs poorly in testing conditions.
This may be attributed to the fact that Mega.nz has data centers dispersed across multiple disparate nations – from Luxembourg to New Zealand. This seems to slow things down, but I wasn’t particularly impressed with the syncing and file access speeds achieved.
Let’s see if their security is an improvement…
Is Mega Safe?
Firstly of all, Mega.nz features end-to-end encryption.
This is a massive plus point for the site, meaning that not even Mega employees can access your data. Not all cloud providers include end-to-end encryption in their portfolio of features, so this is definitely an advantage Mega.nz has over its competitors.
However, there are some minor weaknesses elsewhere.
Mega.nz uses AES-128 encryption. This is fine, but not as strong as 256-bit encryption, although it should be noted that neither protocol has been cracked by hackers as of yet, nor is this likely to happen. However its difficult to understand why 256-bit encryption isn’t being used by Mega.nz.
I must give credit to this provider for including two-factor authentication though. This is a feature that even some of the largest cloud providers refrain from delivering.
Mega has also recently complied with the EU General Data Protection Regulations, which were implemented in May 2018. This is pretty much requisite but will help protect your privacy while using this service.
Overall, a more than decent showing from Mega.nz in this department, and you can be quite confident that your data is safe with the company. However, I would still recommend that you encrypt your own data.
There are four separate plans advertised by Mega.nz, and these can be seen in the table below:
Cheaper solutions are certainly available in the cloud storage space, and the storage offered by Mega.nz isn’t exactly extortionate either.
The company does offer discounts when signing up for a yearly plan though. This option is nice to see, as some cloud providers force you to sign up for at least one year when opting for premium accounts.
Overall, there is nothing in the pricing of Mega.nz that should put you off from using their services.
They are a reputable brand Allows media streaming End-to-end encryption
Lack of two-factor authentication No 256-bit encryption No link download limits
Mega.nz Review Summary
Mega.nz delivers several strong aspects for any cloud service, but falls short of being an absolutely tip-top provider. I like the fact that zero-knowledge encryption is utilized, and the pricing structure of the Mega packages is also pretty reasonable.
Mega.nz main system is flexible in terms of compatibility with various platforms, and it is also very user-friendly.
However, there are a few nagging faults with Mega.nz that prevent it from being top-class. The company fails to provide 256-bit encryption standards, and Mega.nz customer service is a bit sub-par.
Overall, Mega.nz isn’t a bad cloud solution by any means, it doesn’t feel that it is a part of the elite either.
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