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Ep 126 - You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail  

In this episode, based on a listener request, we talk about reasoned approaches to keeping your data to a minimum. At least, that’s how we start out until it is revealed that there are a couple of areas where I could really be doing better in the regard.

As I’ve said before, folks, I’m no guru and have plenty of areas where I struggle with this stuff.

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Reader Comments (3)

Patrick says he doesn't use Gmail because email is too personal to trust to a 3rd party vendor, but does say he has two different IMAP based email accounts. Unless he's hosting his own email server, don't those IMAP accounts exist on a 3rd party server, presumably belonging to his ISP?

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin T.

As I've thought about this more, I think my question in the previous comment is based on my own flip-flopping on the concept or POP mail vs. IMAP and whether it's more secure to download all email to your own computer or to leave it on an online server for access anywhere from any device. When IMAP started becoming prominent, I was very reluctant to give up the notion of POP and all my email existing solely on my computer, but I did eventually move to IMAP, mostly because of the universal access feature. I personally chose Gmail, partly because of price, partly because of Google's generous storage capacity, and partly because I wanted an email address that would stay the same regardless of whether I ever changed ISPs. I do own a personal domain, stopped using it when I purposely quit using GoDaddy's hosting services and decided not to pay for a hosting package elsewhere. Bottom line is that the notion of trust is crucial - regardless of whether it's a 2nd or 3rd party storing and serving our online personal data.

April 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin T.

In answer to the question. Yes, my IMAP email is hosted. I pay for this service monthly and, as such, trust it far more than a "free" service like GMail. Remember, if you are not paying directly for something then you are not the customer, you are the product.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Rhone

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