Email has become so integral to everyday life, its hard to imagine a time without them. It was 52 years ago that the email system we know, and love was created. It is estimated that in 2023, 347.3 billion emails are sent and received per day worldwide.
While emails are great at communicating quickly and cheaply with others there are downsides to the system as well. Our 3 S’s or email issues are below!
With the rise in email usage a new criminal industry arose in the form of email scams. I am sure we are all familiar with the non-disclosed countries royalty or wealthy patron wanting to give you all their money because they are terminally ill etc.
Today scam emails are a lot more sophisticated and are getting harder to spot. With links and attachments both a point of vulnerability and even just a request for information.
· If it seems too good to be true it probably is!
· Don’t click on any links or open any attachments in an email unless you are expecting an email.
· If you are not sure check with the sender via an alternative route. (Call them directly using a number you have or a number you have found externally to the email.
· If you receive a scam email forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org (you don’t need to do it with mails that go directly into your spam / junk folder)
Those unwanted emails that seem to always appear in your inbox despite your best efforts. It is estimated that around 45% of all emails are spam. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like spam is going away any time soon as it is estimated that spammers make $5000 - $7000 per day.
Emails, while great for communication at work can sometimes cause an inordinate amount of stress for users. According to research, people, on average, spend over 5 hours per day checking their emails!
Do you find that you spend so much time dealing with your emails that you never get anything done and you ultimately become unproductive?
If you would like help or advice becoming more productive with your IT then please get in touch.
We recommend you set yourself time slots during the day to read and respond to email. Then outside of those timeslots you ignore your emails and focus on those important jobs you need to get done. Not only will this make you more productive, but it will also help to reduce your stress levels.
A few fun facts about email that you may not know: -
Queen Elizabeth II was the first head of state to send an Email.
The first version of Microsoft mail was released for Mac OS
Bill Clinton claims to have only sent 2 emails as president.
If you need help managing your email systems or protecting yourself or would like to know more about our bespoke training on IT and productivity with IT. Please get in touch.