'Homebrew' email servers: Genius as well as sneaky?

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

WASHINGTON (AP) — The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was probably about the size of your office desktop computer. Setting up your own email server is easier and cheaper than you might think.

Technology experts say it could cost just a few hundred dollars. After that, the costs involved would be paying someone to help you maintain or protect the system. But the difficulty of defending the server from spammers and hackers is exactly what keeps most people from bothering.

Clinton probably liked the idea of maintaining complete control of her emails, rather than leaving copies on the State Department's computer system. But some tech experts say spam and hackers make a "homebrew" operation a bad idea for a secretary of state.