Difference between MEGA and ICloud

What is iCloud?

iCloud is Apple’s cloud-based ecosystem of applications and tools that you can use almost on all devices. Apple started its service on June 6th, 2011, and has managed to gain more than 850 million users and is built into every apple system. iCloud provides free five GB of storage and a paid storage service of up to 2 TB of data, with a maximum file size of 50 GB.

It also provides features like family sharing and file sharing among friends and helps track lost devices. All data stored in iCloud is synced across all apple id connected devices. Though iCloud is famous and is being used worldwide, Apple’s iCloud services do not provide end-to-end encryption, and Apple reserves the right to and admits to scanning user data.

What is MEGA?

MEGA is a cloud-based service that can be accessed from any device or platform with Internet access. On January 20, 2013, MEGA was created exactly one year after the US government infamously destroyed Megaupload. It was formed by Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, and Bram van der Kolk, the same guys who founded Megaupload. Dotcom excelled at marketing and fundraising despite not being engaged in MEGA's design or technical execution. He sold most of his shares and stood down as a director to pursue new interests within a year.

MEGA is one of the safest clouds available since it uses a 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) key derived from your password to encrypt and decrypt your files and folders. This means that when a user uploads a file, only the user, not Mega's servers, may decrypt the data. It also contains a security feature that requires two-factor verification, making it safer to use.

MEGA provides its users with 15 GB of free, permanent storage and up to 50 GB of storage capacity, including 35 GB of temporary storage. Users can also benefit from features like file sharing, file versioning, the addition of an expiration term to shared links, and the requirement of a key to open shared links. MEGA's applications are available on all platforms and have a maximum storage capacity of 16TB. Annual transparency reports are also presented to clients.

Difference between MEGA and iCloud

The following table highlights the major differences between MEGA and iCloud.

Developed by Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, and Bram van der KolkDeveloped by Apple
Limited storage up to 16TBLimited storage up to 2TB
Free 15 GB + 35 GB of temporary storageFree 5 GB of storage
No maximum file sizesMaximum file size is 50 GB
Annual transparency reportsNo reports
128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with client-side encryptionNo encryption

Updated on: 19-Aug-2021


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