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Mega was founded in 2013 [1] making it a relative newcomer to the file cloud storage market. However, Mega's founder Kim Dotcom is among the most known and controversial Internet personalities since the Internet took off in the 1990s. Although Kim is no longer involved with Mega [2], the company still operates as a New Zealand entity.

Mega states it has over 50 million users as of August 2016 [3]. Mega offers a variety of file cloud storage plans, including a free plan and paid plans ranging from $4.99 (Euros) to $29.99 (Euros) a month.

Mega storage

Mega offers five different storage tiers each corresponding to five different account types:

  • Mega Free account.- 50 Giga Bytes (GB) of storage.
  • Mega Lite account.- 200 GB of storage for $4.99 (Euros) a month.
  • Mega Pro I account.- 500 GB of storage for $9.99 (Euros) a month.
  • Mega Pro II account.- 2 Tera Bytes (TB) of storage for $19.99 (Euros) a month.
  • Mega Pro III account.- 4 TB of storage for $29.99 (Euros) a month.

The 50 GB storage offering for a free account is among the highest for free cloud storage services, however, it comes accompanied by one of the most constrained bandwidth offerings, as it's described shortly in the next section.

Mega's paid storage capacity is priced between $7.49 (Euros) and $24.95 (Euros) per month per TB, which in USD comes to $7.93 (USD) and $26.447 (USD) per month per TB -- based on a 1.06 Euro per dollar exchange rate. This price range per TB is the widest of any file cloud storage provider, which means Mega's competitiveness in terms of raw storage varies widely depending on the amount of storage you purchase.

Mega's entry level paid plan (Lite) although apparently attractive at $4.99 (Euros) per month, only offers 200 GB of storage (1/5 TB), making it the most expensive plan on a per TB basis coming to $24.95 (Euros) per TB. But even though Mega's entry level paid plan is weak in price, as you move up in paid plans, Mega's per TB prices become more competitive. This comes to the point that when you reach Mega's 4 TB plan (Pro III) the cost is $7.49 (Euros) per TB, which is below the industry average of $9.99 (USD) per TB among cloud storage providers.

Mega bandwidth limits

Bandwidth is one of Mega's biggest weaknesses as a file cloud storage provider. Mega offers five bandwidth consumption tiers which are coupled with each of its account types:

  • Mega Free account bandwidth limit.- ~1 GB (variable) every 6 hours.
  • Mega Lite account bandwidth limit.- 1 TB each month, consumable immediately if required.
  • Mega Pro I account bandwidth limit.- 2 TB each month, consumable immediately if required.
  • Mega Pro II account bandwidth limit.- 4 TB each month, consumable immediately if required.
  • Mega Pro III account bandwidth limit.- 8 TB each month, consumable immediately if required.

Mega's free account bandwidth is by far one of the most obscure things you'll experience with any cloud storage provider, why ? Because you really don't know how much bandwidth you get! Here's their official statement: 'FREE accounts are provided with a transfer quota (uploads plus downloads) that varies depending on our system utilisation. Transfer quota is provided over a dynamic sliding window that is typically less than 24 hours but depends on time of day, ISP, country etc.'[4]. So bandwidth for a Mega free account depends on a lot of things you have no control over.

But based on extensive research we did on Internet postings, we can confirm the average bandwidth for a Mega free account is approximately 1 GB every 6 hours [5][6]. This is among the lowest bandwidth quotas for free or paid cloud storage plans.

Mega paid mega accounts are among the few cloud storage plans that assign bandwidth in a lump sum. This means that if your purchase a Pro I account -- with 2 TB of bandwidth each month -- the bandwidth is available all at once on the first day of the month, inclusively if you make an annual payment for an account you also get the bandwidth lump sum immediately (e.g. a yearly payment for a Pro I account would net you immediate access to 24 TB of bandwidth). This bandwidth lump sum feature is particularly helpful if you expect heavy traffic spikes, since it avoids daily service interruption used by other providers which limit bandwidth on a daily basis.

However, the price of Mega bandwidth is sold at a considerable premium. For example, Mega's Pro I account at $9.99 (Euros) offers 2 TB of bandwidth, which is comparable in price with Dropbox's Pro account at $9.99 (USD) offering 200 GB of bandwidth a day. If you do the math, it means a Dropbox paid account can give you up to 6 TB of bandwidth a month (200 GB x 30 days) for the same price or conversely Mega gives you an average of 66.7 GB a day (2TB / 30 days) compared to 200 GB a day for a paid Dropbox account. The only reason Mega's bandwidth premium would be a good option is to handle traffic spikes, since many providers stop traffic as soon as an account hits its daily bandwidth limit with no way to get additional bandwidth (e.g. a Dropbox paid account has a 200 GB daily bandwidth cap).

Mega download and file limits

Unlike some cloud providers which limit the amount of requests, downloads or file sizes, Mega imposes no such limits [7][8]. However, as it was just outlined, Mega indirectly imposes a download limit and maximum file size through its bandwidth cap, which is particularly strict for free accounts.

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For example in Mega's free account, if you consider the approximate 1 GB of bandwidth assigned every 6 hours, it means you won't be able to store files larger than 1 GB due to this bandwidth limit. So even though 50 GB of free storage are apparently generous to store large files, it's almost a teaser number when you're only able to upload/download an average of 1 GB every six hours. In terms of downloads, even for relatively small files, you also run the possibility of quickly drawing a free account's bandwidth limit (e.g. a 10 MB 15 second video, downloaded 100 times in the span of 6 hours ~ 1000 MB = 1 GB).

For paid Mega accounts, download and file size limits are as large as your plan. For example, file sizes should be a non-issue for all paid Mega account since the the least expensive account has a 1 TB bandwidth limit, leaving ample room to upload large files. In terms of download limits for paid Mega accounts, this will vary depending on your activity and plan, but bandwidth is available from 1 TB up to 8 TB a month with the possibility of yearly payment to handle a large amount of downloads (i.e. if you pay yearly for a 2 TB month bandwidth plan, you will immediately gain access to 24 TB of bandwidth).

Mega security & privacy

Mega is among the strongest cloud storage providers in terms of security features. All cloud storage providers offer the baseline security feature of end-to-end encryption, which means that as files move from your devices to a cloud provider they travel encrypted, making it very difficult to decipher even if the files are intercepted. But end-to-end encryption leaves two parties with clear access to files, yourself of course, but also the cloud provider. To limit file access on a cloud provider's end, Mega uses an additional encryption scheme called client-side encryption.

Mega's client-side encryption works with a master encryption key -- a text string like KIAWCYRCEu_gVA9JaLFv9w -- which is used to encrypt files before they're sent to Mega and also used to decrypt files for viewing purposes. Because you hold the master encryption key, it means neither Mega or anyone else trying to access your files on Mega's cloud can view a file's contents without this encryption key. It's your device that actually performs the decryption process with your encryption key, as you can see in the following figure which shows 'Decrypting' as part of the loading process to view Mega files on a browser.

This feature alone puts Mega at the top of the security category among cloud storage providers. And although there are other cloud storage providers like PCloud that also offer client-side encryption, Mega is still the only cloud storage provider to offer client-side encryption for all its plans, including its free tier.

Just be aware client-side encryption requires a heightened level of security awareness, since files are stored encrypted in the cloud and only you control the encryption key. For example, if you happen to lose your master encryption key and somehow forget your password, your uploaded files will become irrecoverable, because they can only be decrypted with the encryption key you just lost. Similarly, if you share files with other users, you'll need to provide a decryption key -- not the master one of course, but a decryption key nonetheless -- so users are able to decrypt files on their devices.

Another security feature available with Mega is the ability to cryptographically verify a contact list [9], which heightens security when sharing. To prevent impersonation or security edge-cases like a man-in-the-middle attack, you can mutually confirm the details of a contact using 10 sets of 4 characters through an independent secure channel (e.g. confirming by phone or face-to-face the contact has the 10 sets of 4 characters).

Yet another security feature available with Mega is called MegaChat[10]. Although chat features are outside the scope of cloud storage and to participate in MegaChat users must have a Mega account, the interesting bit about MegaChat is that it's a user-controlled encrypted service to have secure voice or video calls and text chats. This means the encryption keys for the service are controlled by users and not a provider, similarly to how you control Mega's encryption key to share files with other users.

Mega's technical security features should give you more peace of mind than what privacy terms are declared in Mega's terms of service[11] or enforced in its operational jurisdiction, which is New Zealand -- after all, only you control the encryption key required to view files. Nevertheless, privacy is at heart of Mega's mission statement, to the extent Mega calls itself 'The Privacy Company' [12].

Mega accessibility & shareability

Mega offers access to its cloud through multiple channels. Even though you can use any modern HTML 5 compliant browser to access & upload Mega files on mega.nz, the recommended approach is to use Google Chrome [13], inclusively with an add-on extension for a more streamlined experience.

In addition to standard browser support & browser add-ons, Mega also offers native desktop applications for Windows, Mac, Linux, as well as mobile apps for Windows, iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. In this sense, Mega is near the top of cloud storage providers in the amount of applications it offers for different environments -- a particularly important feature for those relying on Linux and Blackberry devices, which are considered non-mainstream platforms and are not supported by most cloud storage providers.

Mega's native applications are called MEGASync and are specifically designed to automatically upload and synchronize files on any device folder to Mega's cloud storage. This means that as soon as you place a file on a folder managed by a MEGASync application, it's automatically uploaded to Mega's cloud and also becomes accessible on any other device connected to your Mega account.

Although file syncing has become a default feature for all cloud storage providers -- since it allows access to files on any device -- Mega's syncing process offers the flexibility to define any device folder for syncing, which puts it a nudge above the industry standard syncing process. Mega's folder syncing flexibility is particularly helpful if you want to store files from a fixed folder location on a device to the cloud, instead of copying/pasting files to a one and only syncing folder to upload files to the cloud (e.g. like Dropbox syncing).

Mega files can be shared with anyone through a link and don't require the recipient to have a Mega account. However, shared links work with an encryption key, which means that for every file there's a unique URL link and an encryption key -- a text string like KIAWCYRCEu_gVA9JaLFv9w -- required to view a file. You can separately share the encryption key and URL link with a target user -- which is the recommended practice -- or append the encryption key to a URL link for easier access. See the previous security & privacy section for more details on this client-side encryption feature.

Once someone has access to a URL link and its encryption key, the file can be downloaded in its native format or as a ZIP file. Mega shared links must be revoked manually, but if you have a Mega Pro account it's possible to set a shared link expiration date.

Mega folders can only be shared with other Mega account users. If you want to share the contents of a Mega folder with a non-Mega user, you must first add his email address as part of your Mega contact list, so he receives an invitation to join Mega. After the user joins Mega and becomes a confirmed user in your contact list, he will be able to access your shared folder. Mega shared folders can be assigned the following permissions [14]:

  • Mega folder full access permission.- Allows a contact to add, modify or delete files and folders in a shared folder.
  • Mega folder read/write permission.- Allows a contact to add files or folders, but no modification or deletion of existing files and folders is allowed.
  • Mega folder read only permission.- Allows a contact to download files, but nothing can be added or deleted on the shared folder.

Although sharing Mega folders can be a hindrance because it requires both users to have a Mega account, having a contact list of Mega users has additional benefits, such as the ability to cryptographically verify contacts and also being able to contact them through MegaChat -- features that were described in the previous security and privacy section.

Mega backups & reliability

Mega is one of the weakest cloud storage providers when it comes file backups & reliability, simply because there are little to no features to tackle these problems. For example, if you modify a file in Mega it's completely overwritten [15] with no way to recover the previous version, a process that's in stark contrast with other cloud storage providers which offer all kinds of versioning schemes to recover older versions of the same file (e.g. Backups on a daily basis, up to 10 versions of a file or inclusively lifetime versioning of the file).

The only safeguard to recover old files or files deleted by mistake in Mega is through a debris folder or rubbish bin[16], which are just other names for the garbage bin used to place deleted files on most computers. Depending on the location where you want to recover a file from, a Mega debris folder or rubbish bin can have different locations [17]

Mega photos & videos

Although Mega has made considerable efforts since its first versions to provide enhanced features to support photo and video files, when you interact with photos or videos in Mega it will become obvious Mega's focus lies elsewhere (e.g. security and app platforms).

For photo files uploaded to Mega, don't expect anything beyond a basic preview photo feature and a rudimentary carousel navigation. And when it comes to video files, although video streaming is unlimited (i.e. you can play a video without needing to download it) this feature is only available with Mega native apps [18].

With most things now being done online by the internet-savvy generation of today, there is a clear inclination towards the cloud environment for individuals and businesses. And, this has given rise to a wide range of cloud storage tools and services over the last few years. However, the increased number of cloud backup and storage solutions has also created some confusion among those who are looking for the ideal one. You may indeed be reading this article to look at a comparison of two such cloud storage services that likely interest you in order for you to choose the best one for your online storage, and file sharing needs. Below is a comparison between Dropbox and Mega, two services that operate similarly with drag and drop, and easy sharing of your backed up files on any device or platform.

Based on your budget as well as your requirements for security, file sharing, file syncing, and data backups, you are likely to find either Dropbox or Mega the better choice for you. To help you make an informed decision, we will compare Mega versus Dropbox in terms of their service, features, pros, cons, and pricing.

MEGA Overview

Although Mega is relatively new to the cloud storage market (launched at the start of 2013 by Kim DotCom), it has fast emerged as a great alternative cloud provider for those looking for a properly encrypted, and supposedly safe storage solution. This explains why it has gained such great numbers in such a short period of time, reaching more than 15 million registered users. The founder is known for his previous file sharing service Megaupload, which was infamously shut down for not enforcing copyright takedown requests quickly enough. The opinion is split on trusting Mega due to Kim DotCom’s current legal affairs, and after all he is known as the internet’s bond villain, but also as an activist entrepreneur for online privacy and encryption. The service has garnished a following due to having solid cryptography, and offering 50gb of free storage, which is a considerably larger amount other free cloud accounts.

Mega Dropbox

Dropbox Overview

Unlike Mega, Dropbox has proven its worth from almost the start of the consumer cloud computing era almost a decade ago, launching in 2008 among the first cloud file sharing and storage services available. This is way it has been widely recognized as a highly reliable cloud storage solution. It has also gained an increased usage on a personal level by individuals. So, enterprises find it easy to move to Dropbox due to the familiarity factor for its employees, and the ability to quickly share work between professional partners with ease. Hence, it is no surprise that Dropbox has almost 500 million users today, with a brand that just about everyone knows, making them the household name for cloud storage services. Although they are dependable, they have been scrutinized like many other large providers for not being properly secured against “man-in-the-cloud” attacks, leaving company data open to crackers.

Pricing

Winner: Dropbox

MEGA’s free 50GB storage plan is generous to say the least and is hard to compete against on free storage. Dropbox’s basic plan only offers 2GB storage, with the possibility to increase to 16gb by referring friends to signup. Also, Mega offers a greater variety of paid plans, compared to Dropbox. However, Dropbox offers more storage for a lower price, more bandwidth on free plans, and unlimited storage on the business plan including advanced support, making it a better choice for companies as well.

MEGA Plans

Mega PackagePriceStorageBandwidth
FREE$0.0050 GB10 GB/Month on DL
LITE€4.99/month - €49.99/year200 GB1 TB
PRO I€9.99/month - €99.99/year500 GB2 TB
PRO II€19.99/month - €199.99/year2 TB4 TB
PRO III€29.99/month - €299.99/year4 TB8TB

With any of the Mega Pro packages, you get two months free if you purchase the annual plan. Additionally, there are no file size limits, even on the free plan.

Dropbox Plans

Dropbox PackagePriceStorageBandwidth
Basic$0.002 GB10 GB/day
Pro$9.99/month1 TB250 GB/day
Business$15/month per userUnlimitedUnlimited

Paying for yearly plans provides a 15-17% discount. Dropbox has a file size limit equal to your account, therefore there is no limit, as long as it is uploaded from the desktop or mobile app. Dropbox.com website uploads are limited to 20 GB.

User Experience

Winner: Dropbox

Dropbox is renowned for its simplistic drag and drop interface, and single folder that syncs up to all your devices seamlessly. There’s no learning curve, you just upload your files, folders, organize them as you wish, and everything can be accessed identically across any platform.

MEGA’s signup process is just a simple as Dropbox, and operates similarly, but uses multiple folders, instead of a single root folder for all. You must select a hard drive, and the folders or files you wish to sync. You can still drag and drop your files as well, but only the synced folders will be shared across devices. MEGA also allows you to download your files as a zip, or add a star to selected files to mark them.

File Sharing, Syncing, and Versioning

Winner: MEGA

Dropbox and Mega provide similar features for file sharing, syncing and versioning. However, due to its ability to offer secure file sharing and its support for real-time sharing and parallel syncing as well as numerous browser extensions for faster uploads, Mega holds a slight edge over Dropbox here.

MEGA

Mega allows you to sync any folder from your PC with any folder on the cloud. For this purpose, once the Mega app is installed, you can select a particular folder location on your PC where you can move all the files that need to be synced. You can also sync any number of folders in parallel and even view the modifications instantly. It is further possible to carry out selective syncing.

With the sync client (called MegaSync), you can also easily move all the files that you intend to upload in the downloaded app and then the transfer is initiated when your computer is idle. This type of syncing happens automatically. This can be good or bad, as you may not want to have any automatic sync operation in the background.

In addition, files can be shared via links with contacts. However, you need to share the encryption key as well in order for the recipient to view the files. Even the mobile apps give you access to the data files located on your mobile devices, along with the ability to upload media from anywhere to the cloud. You can also stream your media files from your mobile devices.

It also offers highly secure collaborative features for teams. You can undertake real-time sharing and view updates of your contacts as well. You can even maintain different versions of every file with Mega. The Firefox and Chrome browser extensions further enable quick loading.

Dropbox

With Dropbox, you simply need to determine a specific syncing folder location. All the files that should be moved to the cloud can be placed in this folder for seamless (automatic) syncing to the cloud. The single folder is a much simpler way to keep your files shared across all devices, versus having multiple folders with MEGA.

Instead of uploading all your files, you can even choose only a few files for syncing. You can also access and modify any of the files in your syncing folder, while you are offline. Those changes will be synced as soon as you are online again.

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File sharing for this service provider is done via links, but there is no encryption key attached with the link. So, while it is easier to share files, there is no enhanced security attached. This means that anyone can easily check your data files if they get access to your shared file links.

Like Mega, it too allows you to maintain previous file versions and thereby ensures quick recovery in case of any data loss or accidental data deletion.With Dropbox, you also get better collaborative features, while working in a team environment, through the multi-user version control.

Security

Winner: MEGA

Mega is the clear winner in terms of security as it offers end-to-end encryption for your data, along with private encryption keys to which only you have access.

MEGA

MEGA adopts the highest levels of security standards, and even uses “The Privacy Company” as their slogan. Being based in New Zealand, it can fall on solid subscriber data protection laws. Mega also provides you with always-on privacy and user-controlled encryption, and high level 2048-bit RSA end-to-end encryption for your private or public key, ensuring that even the NSA cannot intercept your data.

In other words, it makes sure that all the data stored on its servers are encrypted. Even files that are in transit to or from the servers are encrypted. The best part is that, while maintaining this client-side encryption, Mega does not hold the decryption key. In fact, it allows you to control the encryption by making you hold the keys. Thus, no one else is able to do anything with your data, which is encrypted. You can also make the decision to deny or allow access to your data files by others.

Moreover, Mega does not store your account login or similar passwords. So, when you ask for a reset of the randomly generated code for the first time after you have signed up, you get the opportunity to save the master key, as well as re-download it once logged in. However, you are solely responsible for it. If lost, you will have no choice but to wipe your account and start over.

Secure file sharing with non-MEGA users is also available through unique keys. And, if you share such a “view-only” file with an outsider, you must share the key with it. However, for collaboration projects, the recipient must also be a MEGA account user

Dropbox

Unlike Mega, Dropbox does not offer any private encryption keys for its the customers. Yet, it has its own encryption keys that are accessible to the Dropbox team. Clearly, this service provider does not offer the same level of privacy that MEGA does, but it is not to say that they do not apply standard security measures.

AES 256-bit encryption is used on stored data, and transfers across Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.3 / Transport Layer Security (TLS), but critics such as Edward Snowden claim that data can be intercepted before being encrypted as it uploads to the account. In addition, Dropbox has had issues with internal security glitches that lead to data leaks. At least, two-factor authentication is available for better credential security.

Software Compatibility

Winner: Tie

Both services cover pretty much every popular platform available both on computer and mobile platforms. The services work almost identically and allow for seamless file synchronizing and sharing.

MEGA

MEGA has expanded their software support compatibility to cover all platforms.

  • Windows (desktop and mobile app)
  • Mac OSX
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Blackberry

Dropbox

Dropbox provides apps and software for all platforms for easy access to your synced folder.

  • Windows (desktop and mobile app)
  • Mac OSX
  • Linux
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Blackberry

File Transfer Speed

Winner: Tie

Both services offer stellar transfer speeds with very little difference to call a winner. However, results can differ for users depending on their bandwidth and location. On our tests, they both generally performed well.

Dropbox

ADSL 5Mbps/1Mbps line test:

  • Single 135MB video file time to upload: 17 minutes and 10 seconds

High Speed 25Mbps/10Mbps line test:

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  • Multiple files, folders synced: Maxed download at 25 Mbps – Maxed upload at 8-9 Mbps.

MEGA

ADSL 5Mbps/1Mbps line test:

  • Single 135MB video file time to upload: 19 minutes

High Speed 25Mbps/10Mbps line test:

  • Multiple files, folders synced: Maxed download at 24 Mbps – Maxed upload at 8 Mbps.

The Verdict – Mega vs. Dropbox:

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  • Pricing: Dropbox Wins – But MEGA offers a massive 50 GB free!
  • User Experience: Dropbox Wins – But MEGA offers more features
  • Features: MEGA Wins – But Dropbox has a simpler interface
  • Security: MEGA Wins – Dropbox has ok security, but not as solid
  • Compatibility: Tie – Both services cover all major platforms
  • Speed: Tie – Both services performed well, with little variance

As you can tell, both services come neck in neck, and it really comes down to what your needs, and budget are. Both services are similar in operation, and performance, but the main differences to point out are simplicity, and security.

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  • If you want a simple, Dropbox is your best choice thanks to an easy single folder where all your data can be synced, versus MEGA’s multiple folder system, which is more extensive to manage.
  • If you want lots of free storage, MEGA’s 50 GB free account is an unbeatable offer, but if you want unlimited storage, Dropbox’s business plan has you covered at $15 per user, per month. Overall, Dropbox offers more storage for less money, and better business oriented services.
  • If security or privacy is your top priority, MEGA is the clear choice, with high end-to-end encryption, private master account keys, and the ability to share encrypted files with unique keys. Additionally, unlike Dropbox, they are not located in the US, and subject to Federal data collection laws.

I hope these comparison points have helped determine the best choice for your data backup and storage needs. If you have previously used either Mega or Dropbox, please feel free to share your valuable experiences in the comments sections below.