There is no such thing as a free lunch.
as you hear economists say, or perhaps more recently,
If you are not paying for it, you are the product.
in the tech world.
I used to go all out for free stuff (and services), and sometimes I still do, but nowadays, I think it’s fairer (and more transparent) to pay up-front for something rather than being the “product,” sometimes in ways unforeseen or unexpected. We already pay for electricity, water, for public transport, why not for services like email as well?
This endeavour, to wean myself off free services, is still a work-in-progress. I’m still using Gmail for example. This post is just to list down links/resources that may help in carving out our own niche in cyberspace :).