NSA-proof your e-mail in 2 hours, step-by-stepSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 16:52
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 / Google Apps. 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, mkay, 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.