What is MIAB?
Running your own email service provider sounds like a daunting task but it can be made easier by using an array of tools that have been combined into a self-hosted service called "Mail in a box" (MIAB). MIAB turns a fresh cloud computer into a functional mail server, and you do not need to be a technology expert when setting it up.
MIAB will assist you in setting up both webmail as well as an IMAP/SMTP server for use with mobile devices and mail software that runs on the desktop. You can also manage your contacts and synchronize your calendar. You get the standard functionality like spam protection, mail filtering, email client auto-configuration, and you can even back it all up to Amazon S3. If you allow MIAB to function as your DNS server you will get access to automatic SPF, DKIM, DMARC, and MTA-STS security.
MIAB runs awesome on Amazon EC2 instances and by combining the knowledge of the cloud with some basic capabilities to run bash scripts, you can get online very quickly. You will need a domain name and a server, and those costs can be kept very inexpensive by using an affordable provider such as AWS.
Whether you are concerned about mass electronic surveillance or want to contribute to the decentralization of the web, it is possible that a tool like mail in a box could provide you with the simplified tools you need to accomplish your goals. For more information about this topic, check out these resources: https://mailinabox.email/ and https://sealedabstract.com/code/nsa-proof-your-e-mail-in-2-hours/ .
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