Suggestions for a more privacy conscious email provider

Grant Taylor gtaylor at
Mon Dec 4 23:00:11 CST 2017

On 12/04/2017 03:47 PM, Brad Knowles wrote:
> The concept is sound, but attempting to use your $5 VPS as your outbound 
> mail relay is only going to end in pain and tears -- your VPS cannot have 
> or build a good enough reputation to get reliable delivery to the big mail 
> providers.  You need to use an outbound mail relay that already has a good 
> reputation, and that works hard to continue to maintain that reputation.

My experience shows otherwise.

I've been using a VPS as my primary mail server for > 2 years and have 
only been black listed once.  Even that was a 12 hour automated listing 
because I sent one message to an address I had not used in 7 years, 
which had since been converted into a spam trap.

I've also known others that use VPSs for this exact thing with 
considerable success.

> As for handling your inbound mail, use something like imapsync and then 
> effectively treat your IMAP provider as a POP3 provider instead, and 
> download/delete the messages from their system as soon as they have been 
> copied to your local system.

Why?  Having a different provider handle inbound will require them 
supporting your domain(s).  Why not handle inbound email directly?

> The bad guys could tap into the stream of mail that flows through that 
> system, but they wouldn't be able to get into your archive of old mail 
> without breaking into the box sitting in your house.

S/MIME / PGP  }:-)

Grant. . . .
unix || die

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