Having Your Own Local Email Server? And Why You Should

Source: Deposit Pictures

Why would you want to have an independent email server?

Well, for one, it will be yours to have and to hold minus all of the intrusion.

Not to mention having total freedom to send emails from your IP address instead of the email provider’s IP address.

After reading the first few lines, you’re probably thinking.

“Why is he pushing double talk about having an email address?”

“I have one already!” :D

No, you don’t.

“YES, I DO SIR!” :-u

And I say again you don’t, and I’ll tell you why I say that.

It’s because the email you think you own is not yours “per se.”

It doesn’t matter if it’s on Gmail’s server or Yahoo’s, or Microsoft’s.

All three of the providers mentioned do one thing for you only, and that’s providing you a free spot on their server to retrieve and send your mail (or a from Point-A to B type system).

After hearing how it’s told to you, insinuates that you are not the owner of it.

Then you’ll say.

“Why does it matter anyway?”

“I go there and browse through my mail and call it a day, so who cares about something so mundane!”

Honestly, you should care!

Source: YouTube (Ray Tomlinson creator of email application)

Since 1971, the Guinness Book of World Records; documented the first email sent by its creator Ray Tomlinson.

Tomlinson experimented with a program known as SNDMSG, which led to the creation of the email.

And since that’s the case, you know he had to have been working for DARPA.

And to confirm this takes little or no effort.

I say that because one of the articles I previously wrote about mentions two unique systems to help bridge together with a network system that millions of users to this day still use.


I can’t help but laugh because the majority of people are probably saying to themselves.


“Email is that old?”

Yes. It is nearly 40 years old.


Well, you should know the rest of that statement!

Source (Wikipedia): By ARPANET — The Computer History Museum Arpnet Map March 1977, Public Domain

ARPANET was a HUGE breakthrough at the time, and it’s categorized under one of DARPA’s many stoic projects.

And that brings us to why having a self-established email server would be a better alternative than creating one on the net.

Source: YouTube (Raspberry Pi Component)

What Is The Significance To Having A Local E-Server?

  • Having a local E-Server means that all of your information sent and received can be backed-up on an external drive device. It’s a preferred practice to abide by to ensure electronic documented information is retrievable if it ever needs to be.
  • Having one also means YOU ARE NOT BOUND to following terms & conditions that online email providers demand you to uphold.
  • You can customize it to your liking, which means you will have FULL control of its configurations how you wish to send or specific ways it will retrieve incoming emails. You can even control the ‘style’ of your email content.
  • Having one eliminates the element of “intrusion” that email providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and a host of others tend to engage in unbeknownst to their users.
  • Honestly, it’s ideal to have it; and people are getting sick and tired of having their information mishandled and auctioned off to whoever is willing to pay top-dollar for it. Not to mention, what they are intending to do what with it.
  • The government believes you should NOT have the right to go ‘rogue’ over the internet wire-ways.
  • And then I say, who said the government should have easy access to your sacred information?
  • Exactly! They did! NOT YOU!

Necessary Components Needed For Running A Local E-Server:

  • Raspberry Pi 2, 3, or 4 (Recommended Versions)
  • Micro SD Card (Recommended)
  • An Ethernet Cord (Wired Connection), or the alternative is having a WIFI dongle USB adapter receiver.

The Raspberry Pi is a miniature-sized single computer board that was developed in Great Britain (United Kingdom) in 2012.

There are three variations of the component (the most recent is the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B).

The estimated cost depends upon what projects you are doing with your Pi 4, for it may require a decent amount of memory needed to carry out specific tasks and functionalities.

Here Is A Few Of The Varying Memory Raspberry Pi Components:

For those who didn’t know, (GiB) also means “Gigabytes.”

Here Is The Various Operating Systems To Run With Your Raspberry Pi Components:

Raspberry Pi computer boards are great for a multitude of projects essentially it’s used to conduct “Do It Yourself” projects (hence the abbreviation “DIY”).

Overall, these smaller computer components are referred to as “upgraded” technology used with a PC or can serve as a stand-alone unit.

Using them to provide added performance for a home project (which may vary depending on what type that may be) should turn out fine.

If it’s a more complex project you have in mind (which could involve a dozen of Pi’s linked by Wi-Fi or Ethernet via to a single USB port) then don’t be surprised if the performance level suffers from the excessive demand placed upon your network.

Understanding The STMP, IMAP, & POP Protocols:

So, you might be wondering what helps to send and receive emails.

Part of the element that helps makes that possible relies on a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.

The proper abbreviation is known as an STMP Server, and it sends data from an email recipient to another email server.

To make the STMP Server send and receive electronic mail to an attended IP address requires the assistance of the POP and the IMAP Configuration and Protocol Scripts.

The POP (Post-Office Protocol) is a method suitable for reading messages from a single client computer. Messages are removed from the server mailbox after retrieval. The master copy of a message is the one in the local mailbox.

The IMAP (Internet Mail Access Protocol) retrieves messages from multiple clients by allowing remote management of the server mailbox. The master copy stays on the client’s server; an additional copy is sent to the recipient’s inbox.

Both the IMAP and POP Servers have a configurations that can be selected for optimal settings.

Source: In Motion Hosting (Example of the IMAP, POP, & STMP “Port Settings”)

Settings on the left are (recommended) because it has been sent from an “SSL Secure” server, while the settings on the right are NOT properly SSL Secure; which could result in a hacked database by cyber thieves.

Interested In Setting It All Up?

I say why not. It never hurts to learn something beneficial.

I checked out a video over at Crosstalk Solutions on YouTube, and the narrator of the show Chris, gave great insights on setting up an e-Server.

If anyone interested in learning how to do it, then stop there to see all of what he will share with you (the link to his channel is two sentences about this one).

Remember one thing, and one thing always.

Strive to take back what is rightfully yours; and that’s your rights as a private citizens of this nation!

And that brings this entry to an end.

See you again soon!


Because without them to read through it, would be pointless to write it!

I love doing what I like doing best. That’s WRITING. I am a published author here on medium. I will be focusing on technology, history, and Maritime Concepts.

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