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Self-Host Everything

by pavs | February 17, 2013 | Published in: HowTo, Rant


In today’s world there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about your privacy and your data. We live in a time when the government is fighting to have unrestricted access to your digital life. You no longer have privacy or even exclusive rights to your own data, if you are using a free platform, doubly so. I am not talking about a inter-government-corporation world-wide global conspiracy to steal your stuff. This is real and its happening right now.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that everyone should start self-hosting alternative services to replace the free and paid services that you rely right now. There are many reasons why its a bad idea, and its definitely not for everyone. More specifically:

There are benefits to self-hosting your own servers:

So yes there are advantages and disadvantages to both options. You get to decide if the concerns are valid and if its worth your while.


So what can you reliably self-host on your own hardware (located somewhere your government doesn’t have any jurisdiction)?  Though there are many types of web-services out there the most common use-cases usually involves:

If you stick around for couple of days (subscribe to RSS or just check back when you have time) I will show you how to easily and painlessly install and manage your own self-hosted web services, that is secure, reliable and you have complete control of and is reasonably priced.

Do share, in the comments, your opinion about going rogue and hosting your own data for complete control.

If you are looking for self-hosted solutions, I would recommend Digital Ocean. Its cheap, fast and easy to configure.


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