Getting my life back, Part III - Self-hosting my personal data (contacts, bookmarks, passwords, calendar, notes, tasks)

2018/12/29

Categories: General Tags: contact management, password management, calendar, Nextcloud, GTD, Simpletask, Notes, Keepass2android, DAVdroid,

This third part of the series “Getting my life back”, is about personal data privacy. Although it’s a huge topic, I will just try to give some further details on how I manage my own personal data, after of course having already got rid of my social media accounts, one of the most dangerous personal privacy leaks.

In addition to that, on my previous post about smartphone addiction, I mentioned that my smartphone now serves me only as a means for better productivity. In this guide, you will find out how!

1) Note: Whenever the term “productivity” is used in this blog, this doesn’t mean becoming a better employee, manager, businessman etc.. By seeing things from a different perspective, productivity is a ““tool” (to be more specific, a procedure with the use of a efficient toolset) that assists one to finish with all the usual responsibilities (including ones job) the soonest possible - using special tools and techniques - and have as much time as possible for everything else (hobbies, art, knowledge, quality time with family and friends etc.).

Before you proceed with this post

In previous posts I have already mentioned how use my own cloud with Nextcloud.

I have also written two posts on GTD, one providing information about Todo.txt and a second one describing how exactly I GTD.

I suggest you to at least have a look at these articles in order to understand the context of this post.


Contacts

For my contacts on Android, I used to sync using Google Contacts for years. After setting up Nextcloud, I decided to stop letting Google know who I know and self-host them. For this reason I now use:


Bookmarks

For bookmark syncing I use:

along with

and

For the record, I don’t sync all my bookmarks. I just use the above combo to create a “shared folder” of bookmakrs between my Desktop PC and the smartphone.


Password Management

For passwords I use:


Calendar

For this purpose I use:

along with

and


Note Keeping

Note keeping is a very important part of my GTD system. For this purpose I use:

along with


Tasks

For my GTD system I use:

Note: Please refer to “Before you proceed with this post” section of this article for further information about this section.


Conclusion

It’s obvious that having my own cloud infrastructure made the transition to self-hosting all my personal data a very easy task.

This way I ensure (as much as I can) that no third party will have access on the people I know, services I use, stuff I do etc.

However, it doesn’t mean that self-hosting this information provides better security.

A Nextcloud server requires a linux machine with various services running on it and one should take care of its configuration to make it as secure as possible.