What is Email? and Its advantages & Disadvantages

  • Email is electronic mail. It is a most popular service of the internet. It is a system to exchange digital messages between author and recipient.
Advantages of Email:
  • Emails are delivered extremely fast when compared to traditional post 
  • Emails can be sent 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 
  • Emails can be sent and received from any computer, anywhere in the world, that has an Internet connection. 
  • It is cheaper than traditional mail system. 
  • Emails can be sent to one person or several people at once. 
  • There is always a record of the exact conversation in an email until deleted.  
  • People don't have to be present to receive the email. 
  • Messages can be encrypted making it possible to send confidential information. 
  • It is versatile. Messages, photos, videos etc can be sent easily and not need to pay extra charge as in postal mail.
Disadvantages of Email:
  • The recipient needs access to the Internet to receive email.
  • Viruses are easily spread via email attachments.
  • Email is used for phishing. (sending an email to a user falsely claiming to be a legitimate company to scam the user into providing information, such as personal information and bank account numbers on a bogus website. The details will then be used for identity theft.) 
  • Minor mistake can deliver the email to wrong address.
  • No guarantee the mail will be read until the user logs on and checks their email. 

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