Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

Lifehacker is justifiably concerned about random companies hosting personal, mission-critical information.

Call me paranoid, but what if Gmail goes down, or Google decides to stop being “not evil”? What if angry project management trolls hack 37 Signals and record my every to-do, building a too-personal-for-comfort profile of my every day activities? What if disappears? What if Flickr, who has photos of my baby nephews and the inside of my house, is really in the surveillance business?
I’m much more comfortable using my own hosted email and blog solutions. My own disk space, my own database, my own server just feel safer to me. Sure, it’s harder to set up and it costs (*gasp!*) money, but what do we give up in the name of easy?

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.