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title: "How to choose the right email and cloud service"
date: 2019-10-01T17:50:00-07:00
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Today I was asked a simple question; should I choose Office or Gmail for my business?
Today I was asked a simple question; should I choose Office or Gsuite for my business?
Of course, I'm about to take that two steps too far.

How many times have you heard about Google reading email, Microsoft tracking users, and
How many times have you heard about Google reading email, Microsoft tracking users, or
the loss of sensitive data from some cloud service? Too many. When it comes to protecting
the privacy and security of our email and documents how far are you willing to go?
the privacy and security of your email and documents, how far are you willing to go?

I'm willing to use a 3rd party email service that encrypts my mailbox and offers an easy
I'm willing to pay a 3rd party email service that encrypts my mailbox and offers an easy
way to send and recieve encrypted emails. On the other side of the coin I also have a Gmail
account... I know what I *should* be doing but I am resistant to change just like most other
people.

If I've already lost you at this point just use Office, it's normal and fine and does the things.
If you're keen to know what alternatives exist may I present [Nextcloud](https://nextcloud.com/)
it's all the fun of Gsuite for business but free as in freedom. It has everything you might need
like file sharing and sync, email, contacts, calandars, calls, chats, web meetings, and the always
fun until it isn't kanban board.
If you're keen to know what alternatives exist, may I present [Nextcloud](https://nextcloud.com/)
it's all the fun of Gsuite for business but private and under your control. It has everything you
might need like file sharing and sync, email, contacts, calandars, calls, chats, web meetings, and
kanban boards.

Wow Josh, this sounds great, sign me up! There's always a catch.
You can pay (a lot) of money for a company to host and manage it for you, or you can download it
for free and run it on your old laptop in the dusty closet that only get opened when the wi-fi
stops working. It can be hosted on AWS, DigitalOcean, or anywhere else that allows you to install
software on the interwebs.

There are several alternatives such as OwnCloud and Syncthing but they are not at the same level
in my opinion. It's hard for any open source project to have as nice of a user interface as google
or the market penatration of microsoft but the maintainers, contributiors, and commercial team
working on Nextcloud have created a great experiance. It might not be as good but if we want to
protect our digital privacy and security, sacrifices must be made.

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