How Good Is The Cloud Service Provided By Mega.nz?
2019 January 7th at 3:59
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.
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.
Sharing folders or individual files from your browser is also made easy. You can share a link to your contact with "Read Only", "Read & Write" or "Full Access" privileges. Additionally, MEGA allows its PRO users to add expiry date on their files as well as setting password protection.
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 the rundown on Mega.nz features. But what could be improved?
Room For Improvement
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 when you have a burning issue.
There also isn’t a separate view for auditing folders and files you’ve shared, making this process a little fiddly. However, while this would be useful, it's not a major issue.
Speed was average (at least in my experience using the free version). However, free users don't get to use full bandwidth available to MEGA PRO clients. This practice is standard among cloud service companies. MEGA PRO users report no speed issues.
Let's see if their security outshines these humble concerns.
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.
Mega.nz uses AES-128 encryption. This is fine, but the 256-bit is considered to be the gold standard of the encryption. Although it should be noted that neither protocol has been cracked by hackers as of yet, nor is this likely to happen. In addition, 128-bit encryption adds to faster response times and decreases the lag. Therefore, this encryption method caters to the user experience through increased speeds.
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 great showing from Mega.nz in the safety department. You can be quite confident that your data is safe with the company.
There are four separate plans advertised by Mega.nz, and these can be seen in the table below:
|Pro Lite||Pro I||Pro II||Pro III|
|Monthly Price||€4.99 ($5.68)||€9.99 ($11.36)||€19.99 ($22.72)||€29.99 ($34.08)|
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
Limited customer support
Mega.nz Review Summary
Mega.nz delivers several strong aspects for any cloud service. I like the fact that end-to-end 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 very user-friendly. The emphasis on security is also an immensely important addition. While the customer support could be more flexible to make the user experience superb, the price and functionality ratio is pretty impressive.
Overall, Mega.nz is a reputable cloud solution with strong security, decent pricing, and user-friendly interface.
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