Suggestions for a more privacy conscious email provider

timrutherford at timrutherford at
Mon Dec 4 16:14:14 CST 2017

You will also need your internet provider to setup reverse DNS for you, otherwise many mail servers may reject your mail if the reverse DNS does not match the hostname of the mail server.  

-----Original Message-----
From: NANOG [mailto:nanog-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael S. Singh
Sent: Sunday, December 3, 2017 12:57 PM
To: nanog at
Subject: Re: Suggestions for a more privacy conscious email provider

Hi Filip I appreciate the response!

Do you host the mail server with a third party provider (e.g Rackspace) or do you have an 'in-house' solution. If you're able to elaborate more on your setup, I would love to read more about it.

I am considering purchasing a Raspberry Pi and hosting my own, as it seems worth the experience. However does it require that I have my own DNS server and a static IP address in order to connect to the mail server from anywhere in the world?

On 12/03/2017 09:08 AM, Filip Hruska wrote:
> It's kind of a pain to manage a mail server.
> Even if you have SPF, DKIM correctly setup and you are not on any 
> common blacklists, you constantly have to fight for good 
> deliverability - some mail server solutions will simply reject you no 
> matter what.
> You might be on some obscure blacklist nobody uses and then you have 
> to waste time sending blacklist removal requests.
> I personally run my own mail server, but route outgoing emails via 
> Amazon SES. Gives me all the benefits of having my own mail server 
> (domain aliases, extensions, custom spam filter etc) and saves me from 
> the pain of managing outgoing reputation.
> --
> Filip Hruska
> Linux System Administrator
> Dne 12/3/17 v 16:12 Jean | via NANOG napsal(a):
>> If you plan to use it for a small group of people, you should 
>> consider hosting it yourself. You could set it up with SPF, dkim, dmarc, ipv6.
>> It could be seen as a personal challenge to achieve.
>> Then if you need real privacy, you will need to encrypt with public 
>> keys like PGP or S/MIME. You can upload your public key to the public 
>> pgp key servers. I guess that one day this thing will be very popular.
>> Challenge accepted?
>> Jean
>> On 17-12-02 05:20 PM, Paul Ferguson wrote:
>>> On Sat, Dec 2, 2017 at 1:35 PM, Michael S. Singh 
>>> <michael at>
>>> wrote:
>>>> I am in need of some suggestions for some privacy conscious email 
>>>> providers. I am currently using Migadu [...]
>>> I use KolabNow, based in Switzerland, for a lot of personal e-mail 
>>> communications. They are very, very privacy conscious:
>>> -->
>>> They are *not* free, but quite reasonable, and I am quite happy with 
>>> the m.
>>> - ferg

Sincerely Michael S Singh,
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