Should You Host Your Email Address in Switzerland? Data Security Considerations


Data security is a major concern nowadays. Therefore it is pretty common that website owners are shifting towards hosting providers in countries with strict data security laws. Switzerland is one of the leading countries and is experiencing a run on its web hosting providers which I'm observing first-hand. But strangely there was little talk about searching for a Swiss mail provider until recently. So, should you host your mail addresses in Switzerland?

The short answer is:

Hosting your e-mail addresses is definitely a good choice due to the country's stability and strict data protection laws. Over the last years, a trend gained momentum where international companies moved their website to Swiss hosting providers. Now it seems the same is happening for e-mail hosting. 

 

Now let's have a closer look (especially in regards to mail hosting) at why Switzerland is so predestined for hosting solutions: 

 

  • High levels of privacy/data protection
  • Niedriges Risikoprofil
  • Multilingual service

As I'm working in the Swiss hosting industry for more than 5 years I will give my favorite provider at the end of the article so that you don't have to waste endless hours searching.

Swiss hosting has a high level of privacy

Switzerland might not be a member of the European Union but still, all data stored in Switzerland is protected by the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which is effective from 2018  - this is one of the world's strictest laws if it comes to privacy protection by ensuring that all personal and identifiable data is completely protected. 

But that's not all: Switzerland further has its own laws applying on top to the GDPR. All data stored in Switzerland is also protected by the Federal Act on Data Protection (or less chunky: by the FADP). The FADP is a Swiss act, which has been around since the early 90s to protect the privacy of persons when their data is processed. 

But that's not all: Switzerland further has its own laws applying on top to the GDPR. All data stored in Switzerland is also protected by the Federal Act on Data Protection (or less chunky: by the FADP). The FADP is a Swiss act, which has been around since the early 90s to protect the privacy of persons when their data is processed. 

Did you know...
…that the EU has is rating Switzerland's level of data protection as so good that they allow data being transferred freely between the EU and Switzerland.

Switzerland has a low-risk profile

Switzerland has a lot to offer but very few risks. This is true for their laws, the political and economic situation but also for geographical events.

If it comes to political stability ratings Switzerland can be found in the global top ten (see here) and is therefore considered one of the safest countries in the world. This makes it extremely unlikely that a new Government is throwing the strict data protection laws overboard or that the country will ever suffer unrest putting your data at risk. Switzerland is an excellent choice for the long term.

Geography is another key factor to consider when deciding where to host your data. If an area is prone to natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, storms, and wildfires a data center is at risk off being destroyed.

This can mean the total loss of your data and therefore your e-mails too. But even if it is not a total loss being caused by such an event it can mean a long downtime for your services.  

However, Switzerland has a moderate climate and as it is alpine, natural disasters are rare. There is little risk for natural disasters but even if: Most Swiss hosting providers keep your data redundant, which means that they are at all times stored at more than one server. Infomaniak takes it even a step further and keeps one copy on a server in a different data center. This comes in super handy in case one data center is destroyed by fire (like several hosting providers experienced lately).

Switzerland is offering multilingual service

Despite being small Switzerland has four national languages (German, French, Italian, and Romansh). English is also widely spoken as most jobs require it. There are quite a few providers only offering their services in German or French but my provider (Infomaniak) is not one of them. English, German, French, Italian, Spanish - choose what you need.

You see there are several reasons why you should consider Switzerland as your hosting provider. The country has very strict data security laws which offer high protection for your customers' data bringing a high level of privacy to not only your visitors but you as well. 

Furthermore, the hosting infrastructure in Switzerland is top-notch and you can be sure that your mail hosting will be at the current industry standard and have high uptime.

All of these factors are important when it comes to hosting your email address. However, there are also some drawbacks that you should consider. One of them is the price. Hosting providers in Switzerland are usually more expensive than in other countries. Furthermore, the language barrier can be a problem since quite a few providers only offer their services in German or French (like mentioned above there are plenty of options where this is not a problem).

However, Infomaniak is a hosting provider with very moderate prices and the previously mentioned support in five languages (again: English is one of them - no problem). This paired with a very capable product is the sweet spot I found. 

The Mail Service comes not only with webmail but unlimited calendars and contact books too which can be synced across all your devices (which I really love). You will not find much like this mail hosting unless the provider is using Microsoft Exchange.

The company I am talking about (Infomaniak) has been in business for more than 25 years and can therefore be considered a real veteran in the hosting world. Their product portfolio is huge but their Mail Service is particularly attractive as it is positioned on the cheaper end of the spectrum while still offering all the features you need. Especially if it comes to data security.

And just to ease your mind: No, Infomaniak is not using rented/shared data centers of its own companies but their own ones (which are all located exclusively in Switzerland), which are really state of the art You can check their newest data center on their homepage - it is built according to Tier 3+ standard.

I hope I could highlight why you should consider moving your email hosting to a Swiss hosting provider. I can definitely recommend going with Infomaniak and I’m sure you won’t regret it but if you want to check for other providers that’s cool too of course. Just make sure you keep the important points in mind that we discussed above.

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