MEGA at a Glance
2.5 / 5 stars
- Free: 50GB
- Pro 1: 500GB Storage, 1TB Bandwidth, €9.99 / month
- Pro 2: 2TB Storage, 4TB Bandwidth, €19.99 / month
- Pro 3: 4TB Storage, 8TB Bandwidth, €29.99 / month
- Web interface for access from any system.
- 50GB free account.
- Data encrypted.
- Mobile web support.
- Official Android app available.
- Security concerns with encryption.
- Lack of any other features.
- Only browser based, no desktop application for easy uploading, sharing etc.
- MegaUpload history hanging over new service.
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To create an account on MEGA you just need to visit the site and either choose to upload a file or click the register link. You will then have to provide your name, email address, password and agree to the terms of service and you can start using the service after some encryption keys are created.
Once you have created your account you simply click the file upload or folder upload button select your file or folder and your upload will begin. There is a status screen at the bottom of the browser that lets you know how your upload is going. It is all pretty simple.
Once you have uploaded a file through your web browser you can right click on the file in the file manager and select to download the file. Again very simple to do and the file will begin to download to your computer.
Sharing files is also easy to do. You can either right click on the file you would like to share and select get link or click the URL link button on the far right hand side of the file. You will then be given a URL link that you can share with others for them to download the file. Because the files are encrypted if you send a share link you will either have to send the encryption key seperate or as part of the URL. With out the decryption key the file will not be able to be decrypted by the person you send it to.
MegaUpload solved a problem when it was created in 2005, it was often difficult to send large files to people over email and other methods to send large files where complicated or expensive.
Fast forward to 2013 and things have changed a great deal, sure sending large files to people over email is still hard, but there are a lot of other services that have made sending larger files to people much easier than MEGA. Not that MEGA is hard to use, just there are better services already available that offer more features for free or inexpensive rates.
Where MEGA shines is in the large amount of free space they are offering 50GB to free users. 50GB stores a large amount of files, but the need to use a web browser to upload that amount of data is time consuming and really not practical.
Should you use MEGA to store your files? Honestly I would not recommend using them with so many better services available not to mention other issues such as MEGA not actually processing their own credit cards. Vouchers need to be purchased through a second party for larger packages. If you do upload files to them make sure you keep other copies of those files somewhere else, do not trust MEGA as a backup, they even tell you as much in the terms of service. I would also recommend if you use the service to put files in a zip (or other compressed format) with a strong password and extra encryption. 7-Zip can help you with that if you do not already have it installed.
In the end the new MEGA is really not the life changing online storage service that will change the world, in fact the service seems to ignore the fact that times have changed since 2005 when MegaUpload began and really offer nothing significant to the world of online storage.