“Start decoupling your identity from the underlying implementations today,” Eschenauer says. “This is the first step to free yourself from the corporate silos controlling your data and identity.” His own private email address previously forwarded to a Gmail address, but that made it easy to switch email implementations.
As much as I care about data privacy, I’m not so paranoid that I feel I need to disconnect from Google (or Facebook, or Apple…) but I do like to know my options. They’re bleak. Most people don’t have the means or the know-how to create a private cloud on a hosted server. Even using an email address on your own domain can create vulnerabilities, as Naoki Hiroshima discovered.