This was an interesting discussion I was having this weekend. The discussion centered around could we live without Google Reader now that it’s set to be retired on July 1st. My definitive answer was yes and I raved about how much I was enjoying my new Reader program, Feedly. But that’s a blog posting for another day.
Could you live without Gmail?
This one is much harder. My primary account is a Gmail account and I manage about 7 other email accounts through that one inbox. I have plenty of other email accounts to use but don’t really have a backup plan to migrate to one in case something catastrophic happens.
I’m also worried about privacy. All your emails are going through Google’s servers and I have first hand knowledge that the government can get their hands on emails fairly easily without a warrant. There’s no expectation of privacy when it comes to email so how do you go about securing your email and having a backup to use just in case you lose your Gmail account?
RoundCube – An Open Source Email Client – “Download”
RoundCube also came highly recommended as an alternative to Gmail from many in my circles. Now it’s obviously not as powerful as Gmail and nowhere near the 10GB of space a typical Gmail account has but it’s still a great little email account that will serve as a handy backup and allow me to send emails that cannot be read by the Gmail or the Government. At least I hope they can’t. The fourth amendment does protect us from unreasonable search and seizures and that should extend online too.