[olug] Google changes to free

Teale Sloterdijk teale11 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 06:57:25 CST 2022

+1 on ProtonMail. I still have spammy stuff sent to gmail, but ProtonMail
only divulges logs and doesn’t skim your emails looking for the next big
thing to analyze in datacenters 5 times larger than a super walmart. Also a
cool feature is it doesn’t allow all the view trackers to know you viewed
so there’s privacy there too.

On Sat, Feb 5, 2022 at 11:12 Dan Linder <dan at linder.org> wrote:

> Not sure who has heard about the plan, but Google is changing the terms of
> the free G-Suite service this year:
> https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/01/google-tells-free-g-suite-users-pay-up-or-lose-your-account/
> I signed up for it near the beginning - it's how I host the Linder.org
> email and use GMail for the actual mail processing.
> Over the years I've set up a handful of emails on this for my wife, kids,
> and parents, and only used the Google docs/spreadsheet/etc. lightly.  If
> nothing happens with the change, I'll now have a $42/month bill for their
> services - it's not "break the bank" level, but still, $500/year is pretty
> hard to get past the family financial controller (e.g. wife).
> We're an Android family, and all of our devices are registered with our @
> linder.org email.  They haven't said what happens to our devices and
> purchases if we let the @linder.org link with Google expire.
> So I have two comments for the greater OLUG group:
> 1: If you're concerned, please take some time to fill out their survey
> about this:
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeY9yv4WGCHvOiJN4tgt3SdsunaVBoT_6rN8un9Q4_lzBKGeA/viewform
> *(It's only one question, so reading an "it'll take you X minutes" comment
> takes longer than filling it out...)*
> 2: I've been looking a bit at other email providers (Microsoft O365,
> ProtonMail, etc).  Transferring might be a pain, but I'm willing to change
> to another hosted provider if I'm being forced to by Google anyway.  And
> there are enough options available now (vs 15 years ago) that I can be a
> bit more selective.  Does anyone have any suggestions on where they might
> have a domain hosted that has a decent email web experience (mail filters,
> good spam filtering, etc)?
> Thoughts?
> Dan
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