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Everyone should have their own server. For me, the cheapest option was my home desktop which already is turned on 24/7 and connected to the internet. The upload is not great on ADSL (1mbit/s) but that could be improved fairly easy (optics are already an affordable option).
Pros: your data is in the safety of your own home. Makes it harder for someone to go on a fishing expedition and seize your data (or worse, silently monitor everything). Also cheaper.
Cons: the infrastructure at your home is certainly worse than at a dedicated hosting provider.
- ssh + google-authenticator
- nginx - http and ssl frontend
- uwsgi_php - app server
- OwnCloud - file storage, CardDav and CalDav server
One my OpenWRT router I have a dyndns client that always updates my no-ip host name whenever my ip address changes. Then in its firewall I have port forwards setup for ssh (port 22) and https (port 443) to the desktop computer. Lastly, I have an openvpn server using certificates in a layer3 routing configuration (all documented in openwrts http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/howto/vpn.openvpn).
The desktop/server is running ArchLinux. I have installed nginx from Arch package and uwsgi-php and owncloud from AUR. This is enough for running the OwnCloud instance as explained in the https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Owncloud#Nginx_.2B_uwsgi_php_alternative.
Nginx is running with a self-signed certificate as explained in its http://wiki.nginx.org/HttpSslModule.
Ssh is configured to use https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/libpam-google-authenticator/ as a 2-factor authentication. That's how I can connect to ssh securely enough even without my ssh key. The ssh pam config is:
# /etc/pam.d/sshd ... auth required pam_google_authenticator.so
Important settings in /etc/ssh/sshd_config are:
... #PasswordAuthentication yes # yes by default ChallengeResponseAuthentication yes # no by default ...
- asterisk + chan_mobile - call from anywhere in the world via internet
- asterisk + fixed line - same thing
- buddycloud node - distributed social network, file sharing, etc
- GateOne web shell (or shellinabox, or ipython notebook)
- web irc, web jabber
- integrate OwnCloud with my Music folder
- two-step authentication in nginx (preferably google-authenticator)