E-mail - what's in a name?

Written by Jennifer Stewart

Estimates ofrepparttar number of people currently connected torepparttar 109704 Internet vary, from 60 million to 100 million and upwards. If we acceptrepparttar 109705 conservative figure of 60 million, and surmise that each person sends and receives ONE email message every day, that means there are 120 million email messages whirling about every single day.

How many email messages were waiting for you when you logged on today? I'll hazard a guess and suggest that it would have been somewhat more than one!

A report fromrepparttar 109706 Jupiter organisation estimates that commercial e-mail spending will grow from $164 million in 1999 to $7.3 billion in 2005 - this represents an estimated forty-fold increase in e-mail volume.

It's also estimated thatrepparttar 109707 average number of commercial e-mail messages that US online consumers receive per year will increase from 40 in 1999 to over 1,600 in 2005; non-marketing and personal correspondence will more than double from approximately 1,750 in 1999 to almost 4,000 in 2005.

So it's no exaggeration to say that one ofrepparttar 109708 fastest growing methods of communication is email. In fact, we're inrepparttar 109709 middle of a communications revolution and it's ironic that we're once again relying on one ofrepparttar 109710 earliest forms of mass communication -repparttar 109711 written word.

Language is a dynamic, living thing and inrepparttar 109712 past, has been able to keep pace with changes; so, when electricity was invented (or discovered - depending on your view ofrepparttar 109713 world), it was given a name which comes from elektronrepparttar 109714 Greek word for "amber" and electrum,repparttar 109715 Latin word for "amber" -repparttar 109716 alloy of gold and silver. Inrepparttar 109717 mid 1600s it was known that rubbing amber or glass would produce a magnetic effect that attracted light weight materials, threads, dust etc and this wasrepparttar 109718 only known use for electricity for many years - until that fellow withrepparttar 109719 kite came along!

The first big break-through in rapid mass communication,repparttar 109720 telegraph, takes its name from two Greek words: tele meaning "far off" and graphein "to write, draw or represent by lines".

Television is a mix ofrepparttar 109721 Greek tele and Latin visus, past participle ofrepparttar 109722 verb "to see".

Computers were given a name which is derived fromrepparttar 109723 Latin computatio - a reckoning, because inrepparttar 109724 early days, that's all they did.

But, as with many phenomena which have burst ontorepparttar 109725 scene inrepparttar 109726 last decade,repparttar 109727 World Wide Web has outstripped our store of words. We've grabbed at a stop-gap solution and come up withrepparttar 109728 prefix "E" to describe anything to do withrepparttar 109729 Internet, so there's e-commerce, e-books and e-mail.

Is your e-mail private? No!

Written by Tim North

Considerrepparttar following three claims:

1. Your e-mail is not private.

2. Your e-mail might not be sent torepparttar 109703 intended recipient.

3. Your e-mail can continue to exist even after you delete it.

The following article explainsrepparttar 109704 truth of these alarming statements and why you should be concerned if you're sending confidential messages by e-mail.

1. The privacy problem ---------------------- When you send an e-mail message from computer A to computer B it passes through one or more machines (C, D, E, etc.) on its journey. At each step alongrepparttar 109705 way, an unscrupulous individual with access torepparttar 109706 intermediate machine hasrepparttar 109707 opportunity to read -- or even alter -- your e-mail message.

Within a private intranet (i.e. a company network), such privacy violations could occur if:

* IT staff with access torepparttar 109708 mail server were unscrupulous;

* unauthorised personnel had access torepparttar 109709 mail server (e.g. if someone walked away fromrepparttar 109710 server without logging out); or

* security measures designed to keep hackers out ofrepparttar 109711 mail server were insufficient or were not enforced rigorously.

When e-mail is sent overrepparttar 109712 Internet (a public network)repparttar 109713 risks become notably higher. If you send an e-mail message from Sydney to New York it may pass through half-a-dozen machines on its journey, *each* of which are subject torepparttar 109714 risks mentioned above. Thusrepparttar 109715 hazards accumulate with each extra machine thatrepparttar 109716 message passes through.

2. The identity problem ----------------------- Another risk with e-mail is that you really don't know who will receive it. This happens because some people choose to forward (i.e. divert) their e-mail to another person or authorise another person to read it for them. For example, if you send a message to a senior colleague, remember that this person's e-mail might be read by his or her secretary or stand-in. That can be awkward.

I know of a case where a manager sent an e-mail report to his CEO describing a clerical officer's poor performance. The CEO had, unfortunately, forwarded his e-mail to his acting secretary, who that day happened to be (you guessed it)repparttar 109717 clerical officer in question. The clerical officer readrepparttar 109718 critical report, and all manner of morale problems ensued.

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