Suggestions for a more privacy conscious email provider

Andy Brezinsky andy at
Mon Dec 4 22:42:04 CST 2017

On 12/04/2017 04:06 PM, Grant Taylor via NANOG wrote:
> In my naive opinion, there are some subtle differences with where "the 
> linux box you can ssh into" resides.
> Namely, when I ran my server at home, it took a search warrant to 
> legally enter my house to access the server, which I would be 
> immediately made aware of.  I can't say the same with the same degree 
> of certainty for a server located in a co-location facility.
> I'm obviously ignoring someone compromising the system across the 
> network.  Though even then, I can disconnect the server from the 
> outside world and still access it from my home.
If you're really worried about this, separate your mail storage from the 
mail transport.  Run an inbound and outbound smarthost on your $5 VPS to 
queue up mail and deliver it back to your house where your long term 
mail is stored.  This gives you the benefit of the static IP at the VPS 
along with the security and cheap storage of having the mail storage in 

If you're worried about the short amount of time that messages are 
queued up on your VPS before making it to your house then you really 
shouldn't be communicating over email.

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