Bitcasa is what Mega wants to be

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 6, 2013
Updated • Apr 23, 2016

I have followed Bitcasa ever since it started to offer its service as a beta version. It is a cloud hosting and synchronization service that does a lot of things right. First and foremost, it offers client side encryption of data, something that the recently launched Mega is offering as well. All files you uploaded to the service are encrypted locally with AES-256 so that they are stored in encrypted and thus protected form on the Bitcasa server.

Bitcasa, unlike Mega, is offering its users a complete package that consists of a website compatible with all recent web browsers and clients for various operating systems to access data on those systems and synchronize files between them. Clients are available for Windows and Mac systems, as well as iOS, Android and Windows Phone. A Linux alpha client seems to be available as well.

All folders on a desktop computer can be synced with Bitcasa which means that it is not limited to a root folder for that. On Windows, users can simply right-click a folder and select to copy it to Bitcasa or mirror it instead. Copying simply copies the current files and folders to the online storage, while mirroring will keep an eye on the folder to sync any changes made to it to the cloud.

Bitcasa recently came out of beta introducing two plans to users of the service. All users who sign up for Bitcasa can join the free plan which provides them with 10 Gigabyte of online storage space.  While that is less than Mega's 50 Gigabyte of storage for free accounts, it is still more than comparable services such as Dropbox, SkyDrive or Google Drive are offering to free users of their service.

What may make Bitcasa interesting to some though is the only paid plan the company is offering. For $99 a year (currently discounted at $69, also available for $10 per month) users get unlimited storage. The infinite plan on top of that offers an unlimited number of file version changes to be stored on the servers, and chat & email support.

I'm always wary when it comes to companies that claim to offer unlimited storage as there is no such thing (even if you would stack all available storage devices of this world, you would not have unlimited storage space).  Being wary does not mean that you should not consider the offer, only that you should keep a local backup of files that you push to the cloud for emergency recovery.

When you compare Bitcasa to Mega, you notice how advanced the former is in comparison to Mega. While you do not get as much storage space if you select the free account, you do get client side encryption just like you get when you use Mega. On top of that, you get clients for various operating systems, an online viewer for various file types and documents, and file versions support.

Update: Bitcasa announced today that it will shut down Bitcasa Drive on May 20, 2016.

Customers of the service have until May 20 to download their stored data from the service before it is deleted permanently.

On May 20, 2016, the Bitcasa Drive service will be discontinued. You will need to take action to avoid losing your stored data.

You will have until 11:59pm PST on May 20, 2016 to download your stored data.

You will continue to have access your account until 11:59pm PST on May 20, 2016, after which all accounts and stored data on Bitcasa Drive will be permanently deleted.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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