(if this isn't the place to ask this, please point me in the right direction, but I'm sure this is very relevant for most IT people)
I'm worried about the many different ways in which I could lose my email address and/or the emails I have stored, because that would be one easy way to ruin my life. Eg:
- I have vital information stored as email, then lose it.
- I have vital contacts, lose my address, and people keep sending me emails but I won't receive them, or even worse, someone else will receive them.
Some scenarios where I have been thinking of where this could happen (all of which already happened to someone, so they are real):
- The email provider (eg: gmail) decides to ban me as a user, losing both the address and the emails.
- Some country (eg: USA) decides to seize the domain in my address for X reason.
- I lose the password and have put garbage in the answers to the 'security questions', so there is no way to recover it.
- My IMAP client goes crazy and deletes everything, losing the emails.
Some solutions I found:
- Use your own domain (so you are safe from email providers banning you)
- Use a password manager (so you don't lose your strong passwords)
- Use a client that backups your emails (so the content will be safe)
Right now the thing that troubles me the most, is the TLD I should pick. Do you know of any TLD type (and a Registrar that lets me buy it), that...?:
- is relatively safe from seizure
- does not cost U$s 200+ (if possible)
- does not require me to rely on a weird gov organization and registration process, and/or learn some crazy language
If you know of other scenarios or solutions, they are also welcome.
.me seems to a popular choice for pirate sites, so it should be fine
.ws looks cool, and it could be though of as WebSite, which is great. Not sure what the NO in the DNSSEC column means though: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
.tv is operated by a VeriSign company, so no
Note: To the readers: I accepted an answer, but this issue is far from being resolved. It seems to be that there really isn't an easy to get and secure TLD. We must wait until decentralized DNS' become the default. Check this out: http://dot-bit.org/Main_Page