It’s no surprise that with its simple interface, online accessibility, rewards of extra space if you annoy your friends enough and a decent mobile app ability - Dropbox - with an approximate user base of 300 million is still a very popular cloud storage service.
With the recent announcements for apples iOS 8 systems, iCloud has been given some muscle and is being pitted against it’s much taller rival - Dropbox - for less money. But then, sitting in the far corners of the internet, sits the cloud storage you SHOULD be using. Dropbox has had a couple of battles lately. They’ve had corporate companies reject their business grade storage because of the security risk caused from the “dropsmack” hack. This hack is not showing possibility to mitigate the associated risk anytime soon. And this was DEFINITELY not going away when a very unfortunate person had their entire tax return’s personal details publicly viewable from a shared link. Now it’s true that Dropbox has been quick to fix the tax return kerfuffle, but we’ve never had word about the Dropsmack issue. That, and Dropbox does not provide an option to exclude your data/folders from falling victim to Google.
So, with so many other options available, I went on to locate a better alternative. What I found myself touting as a crowd favourite was Mega.
Mega is the cloud storage that fits the vision of internet sensation Kim Dotcom. After the major sting of having the entire Megaupload, MegaVideo and all other sites removed from him, Kim proved to be relentless in his desires to make something that should prove to be a thorn in NSA’s side.
All of that aside though - here’s my top 5 reasons for choosing Mega:
1. 50GB from the moment you sign on.
That’s right. 50GB for free. You can also purchase additional quotas, but this amount of storage should keep you happy for a while.
2. No max file size for an upload.
Seriously, how many times have you been disappointed with the snag of another cloud service because you can’t upload that oversize file? The only catch here is that Mega limits the amount of upload data - 10 GB bandwidth, and every 30 minutes it clears 500 MB. Once you’ve dumped a heap of new files to MEGA using the Sync App though, you won’t even remember this limitation existing.
3. Copyright infringement handling process that works for everyone.
This is a really interesting approach. Put simply, if content is shared that is copyrighted, the link/content can be removed by the company that created the original content. MEGA gives this power to the companies obsessed with intellectual property under the agreement that they don’t sue Mega or hold the site accountable for the actions of its users.
4. Sync App for all devices makes for easy backing up.
I’ve now replaced iCloud for my camera roll uploads. All 4,500 photos I’ve taken since owning Apple Devices.
5. Guarantee that you won’t be handed over to the authorities.
At least at the time of writing, you can more or less guarantee that while your links to DMCA related issues might find themselves deleted, 10-15 years of your life won’t find itself down the tubes quite as fast.
So - Mega - give it a try sometime.