You may be concerned that the NSA is reading your e-mail. Is there really anything you can do about it though? After all, you don’t really want to move off of GMail or Google Suite. And no place you would host is any better.
Except, you know, hosting it yourself. The way that e-mail was originally designed to work. We’ve all just forgotten because, you know, webapps-n-stuff. It’s a lot of work, and I’m a lazy software developer.
Today we kill your excuses. Because I’m going to show you exactly how to do it, it’s going to take about two hours to set up, and it’s a “set it and forget it” kind of setup. Not only that, but it is actually going to be better than GMail, from a purely features perspective. It might surprise you to learn that people continue to develop email server software in a post-Google-apps world, and that the state of self-hosted is much better than you remember.
Now fair warning: it took me about two days to figure the stuff out you’re going to see in this blogpost, starting from knowing basically nothing about modern e-mail servers. But now that I’ve figured it out, if you don’t ask too many questions you can implement it from these notes in just two hours. So take this not just as a guide for setting up an e-mail server, but as two days of free consulting, that just happens to produce a complete recipe for a modern, fully-featured, fast email server at the end. You’re really going to turn down free consulting? Come on, buckle down and do this.
Seriously. If you are still using GMail (or Yahoo, or arbitrary US-based email company), your right to complain about the NSA spying on you is revoked. If you’re complaining about government spying on the Internet, or in a gathering of programmers, and you won’t take basic steps to do anything about it, then you’re a hypocrite, full-stop. I will personally come to your terminal and demand the return of your complain license. Pick a weekend, get it done. Or just admit that you’re okay with it. Either way, just be consistent.
Follow this DIY link: https://sealedabstract.com/code/nsa-proof-your-e-mail-in-2-hours/
Or ask for our help: https://www.osspl.com/contact