Setting up a private email server—pros, cons, and alternatives

Type of email server Pros Cons Major ESP server Reliable uptime, a guaranteed level of security, no technical knowledge required, and zero management or maintenance required from users Lower level of privacy and lack of actual ownership of your email data Private email server Highest degree of control and complete data ownership Highest level of responsibility, substantial technical knowledge required, constant maintenance and management required, and substantial hardware and software requirements Rented server from hosting provider More control than with an ESP and zero hardware requirements A high level of maintenance required, less stable and reliable than major ESPs, dealing with a 3rd party, and migration to another provider is often difficult

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