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MEGAsync 1.0.40

Sync your MEGA-hosted files with your computer

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 February 2015
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Downloads To Date: 7464
Developer: Mega Limited
RSS News Feed: https://mega.co.nz/blog.xml
Twitter Feed: http://www.twitter.com/MEGAprivacy
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MEGAprivacy
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MEGAsync 1.0 on Windows
Click MEGAsync's tray icon for a file transfer progress update.

Does the world really need yet another cloud backup storage solution? The answer is yes when you look more closely at what MEGA, the brainchild of Kim Dotcom, has to offer. First, there’s the offer of 50GB free storage space (capped to 10GB bandwidth a month), with paid-for plans offering 500GB/1TB monthly bandwidth from $11 a month or $120 a year.

Second, MEGA promises really tight security: 2048-bit RSA encryption no less. Your password acts as the master encryption key, so if it's strong enough it should be impervious even to brute-force attacks. Be wary, however: there are no password-reset options, so if you forget it, any data not shared with others will be lost.

Having 50GB to hand is very useful, but to make the most of it you’ll want a client that can make uploading and syncing data between your machines effortless. This is that client.

Once installed, you’re able to either sync the entire contents of your MEGA drive or just specific folders within it to your computer. These are housed inside a MEGA folder that’s created inside your personal Documents folder – if this doesn't suit, take a trip to the Sync tab of the program's settings to delete the default choice and add your choice of location instead. A bit fiddly, but at least it can be done.

Any data already in your cloud account will then download to your PC, while any files or folders copied or updated into this folder will upload in turn back to your MEGA account online. Open the folder in Windows Explorer and you’ll see tiny progress icons – red cross, blue sync and green tick – indicating if the files are in sync with your online storage or not.

Click the program’s system tray icon for a more comprehensive view of what’s going on behind the scenes: what’s being synced, recently synced items and access to the all-important settings. From here you can perform a number of tweaks, and even optimise the client’s bandwidth so that uploading doesn’t cripple your internet connection (in most cases, the automatic setting should be fine).

Mobile apps are already available for iOS and Android, while Mac and Linux clients are promised shortly. Also available are extensions for Chrome and Firefox.

Verdict:

A capable tool for accessing and syncing your MEGA files on your computer.
 

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