Mega Storage Feedback

We are considering off-site temporary backups for a customer using
The testing has worked "ok" - except for the 2FA problem.

There are some posts in the forums about:

  • Security issues - the encryption is not as good as advertised
  • Duplicate files being allowed - for uploads with rclone (what would happen)?

Are those "old news" or do these problems still exist with rclone uploads to mega.
If anyone has experience with these - please let us know.

I've tested Mega in the not-so-distant past (2022 or thereabouts), and here are my $0.02:

I would not trust their encryption at all. Use rclone's built-in encryption (on top of theirs, as I understand it can't be turned off) with a good passphrase, and keep your customer's data safe.

Haven't seen that in my tests. But probably not worse than with GoogleDrive (which also allows duplicate file/directory names): all it means is that once in a while you would have to run an rclone dedupe.

Worst of all for me was Mega's attitude -- even with fully encrypted data+names (so no possible piracy/copyright concerns), they started alleging AUP violations (without saying exactly what was being "violated", of course) and using that as an excuse for blocking my accounts (I had a union of a dozen or so of their free accounts that I was using for these tests), so I told them to go to hell and stopped my tests with them. Good riddance, I say.

Thanks for taking time to respond. We appreciate it.

We've done a bit of research -- so leaving this here as it may help others.

We have read many sites, links and forum posts on the web about Mega. It appears that the security bug was in 2022, and they have patched it. There is some debate online as to if they have patched everything that was identified in that security update.

Our duplicate file names concern can be addressed with Rclone's hashsum and dedupe commands .

We are down to looking at Mega and the Rclone sponsor iDrive e2 S3.
This is due to the amount of storage we need, the cost and the limited use cases.

iDrive e2 S3 does what we need without some of the unnecessary "extras" (bloatware) in Mega.
Mega has some nice user features for sharing links, and the mega-cmd tool for Linux -- but the chat, sync and other features are not needed. We just need a big box to put a lot of data and files in, and trust that when we decrypt it everything works. iDrive web interface and scripting with Rclone can get the job done. So will add a note after we decide.

Check out pCloud for link sharing and privacy/security. We have another customer using that and it works well.

Thanks again.

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