When comparing Arq vs Mega, the Slant community recommends Arq for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud backup services?” Arq is ranked 4th while Mega is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose Arq is:
No privacy concerns.
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Pro Only you know the encryption password
No privacy concerns.
Amazon services offer solutions with almost 100% durability and 99.99% availability. Even if the system loses data-centers, you will still be able to access your files.
Pro Can store data directly in a variety of cloud storage providers
Arq is client-side software that runs on your computer and talks directly to generic cloud data storage providers. No third-party service in the middle means lower costs, better reliability, lower risk of a service ceasing to operate, ease of migration to other storage targets.
- Amazon Glacier and/or S3
- Google Cloud Storage
- S3-Compatible Server
- SFTP Server
Pro Open document format backups
Unlike other backup programs that store data in proprietary formats, Arq stores them in an open document format allowing for easy viewing.
Pro Cross platform
Linux, Windows and Mac.
Pro Client-side encryption
All files uploaded to Mega are first encrypted on the users side. To access files a decryption key must be supplied. For ease of use, the decryption key can be appended to the URL you share.
Pro 50GB free
50 GB trial for new accounts after registering for a month, then 15 GB. There's also three upgrade plans, starting at 500GB and $110/yr.
Pro Easy to use
Just drag and drop files in the browser window, then create a link for sharing. You will need an account to create a link. To streamline the process for new users you can start uploading as soon as you access the website and create an account while it's uploading.
Pro Open source client
Pro Functional web interface
Con Complicated setup
When it comes to ease of use most cloud backup service are pretty easy as it is just one signup, with Arc you need to download install and activate it to then register for an Amazon account, this extra step may be troublesome to some people or just annoying.
Con Higher than normal chance of a forced service shutdown
Mega has a higher than normal chance of having legal troubles due its founders past, thus there's a higher than normal chance that the service may be shut down with all your files in it and no way to retrieve them.
Con No account recovery
The only way to access your account is with a password and there is no way to recover it if you lose it.