Alright everyone out there I have a troubling question about email hosting that has been bothering me for a long time: How and where do I host my email for how much?
I know a lot of people us Gmail, I believe the whole lifehacker team and several other important groups of people are on Gmail/Gapps and the host of products from google. My own school(University) is entirely Google Apps now as well. I do not want to be on Gmail for two reasons.
1) I know they are reading my emails and I do not like it. I do not like that they are creating these personal profiles of me and I have no real control and no promise of control. The trust google could have had before has been destoryed by their own actions which was documented in a gizmodo article I have lost the link to
2) I have spent an incredible amount of time getting my self off gmail and using my website's email. I also have spent an incredible amount of time looking in to alternatives for calendar systems and contact management. I want to stop giving them my information but that is kind of hard when no one else seems to provide any of those services even for a price.
Here is the catch-22 which is why "use your website's email" won't work. Besides the fact that the email is sort of flaky at times, which I understand and was due to some real problems, I do not know it's "secure" on the server. I'm not really conversing in state secrets but I want to have this avalible. But also more importantly I am planning on moving my website to github to use Jekyll for a cms and closing my hosting account which prevents me from using my email anymore with my old hosting provider.
I would pay for a service but I do not know of what service I should use, if I should simply do something else... etc.
I am not looking for a hushmail type of email hosting. I want to keep my domain and simply change hosting without too much limitation in space. I looked in to countermail.com which seems to fit the bill perfectly although kind of expensive they seem to provide a great service. That said, it's not verifiable that they do any of the things they say
and I've sent them an email about it.
I have also pondered about running my own mail server at home and whether or not that is a reasonable idea. I have full control over my domain so I could just point the email entries at my house. I have a 20M/b Comcast connection. I have an Ubuntu 11.10 server already connected to the outside (only for ssh on a nonstandard port) which I can setup for email pretty easily. I have heard that Linus Tovalds even has a setup that doesn't let him have email outside his house for security reasons which I am not sure of.
Help me out guys, it'd be greatly appriciated