Mega, (often styled as MEGA,) is a little bit different to some of the other cloud storage solutions, and is often lauded for its security and privacy features, including end-to-end encryption and two-factor authentication.
They offer a service called “User Controlled Encryption,” a form of end-to-end encryption. This means that the data is encrypted before it leaves your device – and only you, with your master password, have access to the file and its contents. Most other cloud storage services also store and transfer encrypted data, but the difference with Mega’s solution is that, unlike other cloud storage providers, they do not keep or have access to your individual encryption key or password – and so do not have any access to your files at all. The trade-off for this is that if you lose your password, they have no way of allowing you to reset it, since your encryption key is based on it, and they store only the encrypted versions of your files. They do offer a backup recovery key which you can store in a password manager (look out for more blogs on these in future). Of course, if you choose an easy-to-guess password, your account could be compromised like any other.
Here are some of its features:
Their service also has a transfer limit, which is around 1GB/6hrs for their free plan, and starts from 1TB/month for their paid plans – so while their free storage is 50GB, you might be waiting a while to upload or download your data if you’re only on the free plan. Because of this, it is often seen as a good place to upload items like batches of photos or files that you won’t need access to particularly frequently – or perhaps to archive private documents.
Business plans are also on offer; controlled by an administrator account, who can give other users access to the same data, a private storage area, and a chat area where they can share ideas and files with colleagues.
It’s an interesting approach to file security and privacy that isn’t offered in many places – yet!