In regards to my everyday life I have been spending the past few years since the revelations revealed by Edward Snowden, in regards to the NSA as well as overall security for computer systems. I have to make sure my clients as well as my own data as protected as much as possible. I use GnuPG, and VeraCrypt often, I use my own servers for my everyday services whenever possible. So I will go over the basics of what I use
I made my own email server using Ubuntu and Mail-in-a-Box which I have been contributing tweaks and fixes to overtime. This email server is purely maintained by me, and is hosted in a VPS. My calendar, and contacts are also contained on this server. It works flawlessly between my Android, iOS, and Mozilla Thunderbird to sync all email, calendars, and contacts. It actually works better than Gmail and iCloud. I offer this email system for clients for a fee. They are considered HIPAA compliant due to the nature of how it is setup and encrypted.
I have been free of relying on Gmail for everything with exception to Google Voice, and Google 2 Factor Authentication via the Authy app as of 2016. It was a lengthy process of testing as well as trial and error for many email systems
I have killed off using Google Drive and Dropbox, slowly migrating as much as I can to my own servers using NextCloud which is an excellent, well made, and robust Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) solution for Cloud Storage. It can connect to your other cloud storage services if need be, as well as allow you to connect to multiple NextCloud servers.
I use my own VPN(s) built on OpenVPN which I have hosted in the cloud on a VPS. I use this on the go and before traveling to another continent I deploy a second VPN for use overseas temporarily. I also use Private Internet Access for my VPN to watch Netflix, and such when out of the country.
Used to have a tumblr, it’s pretty much sitting idle now for the past year or so as I have decided to migrate to WordPress due to it being built of FLOSS as well as the ability for myself to have far more control of my content than tumblr ever could.
iPhone soon to be accompanied by the Purism Librem 5 phone., I bounce around on that. I also use Google Voice + SIP on my own PBX phone system. Which is still being worked on as it’s my CentOS learning project at the moment.
Primary Work/Personal Computer:
HP Omen 15t laptop (2015 model)
Intel Core i7 7700HQ
32GB DDR4 RAM
512GB NVMe SSD
1TB 2.5″ hard drive
Pop!_OS 18.04 GNU/Linux & Windows 10 Pro dual boot
Dell Latitude e6430
Intel Core i3 (3rd generation)
16GB DDR3 RAM
Qubes OS Linux (Security focused Linux distribution)
HP ProBook 4530s
Intel Core i3
8GB DDR3 RAM
Xubuntu 16.04 LTS
Notes: Autographed by John McAfee
Home Theater PC:
Rosewill case and Power Supply
Intel Pentium G3250
Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro-ATX Motherboard
8GB DDR3 RAM
2TB Seagate SSHD
Asus Xonar DX sound card
Gigabyte Nvidia 720GT GPU
Intel 7260AC wifi
Xubuntu 14.04 LTS and Kodi Media Center
Notes: Fans are PWM controlled for minimal noise, and a filter is installed on the intake to reduce dust. System is near silent