5 Facts About Emails That You Didn’t Know

We send and receive emails every day for our personal and work purposes, but we don’t know a lot of facts about emails. Before email was like posting a letter to your friend – we didn’t do that too often, and when we received one, we were pretty happy. Nowadays more than 400 billion emails are sent and received every day and most of it is SPAM or Viruses (~80%).

Let’s get more facts about emails:

29% of the emails you receive are newsletters. Remember you registered there, subscribed on that and so on and so on. Every time you register you are automatically subscribed to newsletters of that company, so do remember to untick the box “Receive email notifications” or similar, because that’s just annoying isn’t it?

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Less than 50% of emails deserve an attention. Probably most of you have noticed that, when you open an email account every morning you firstly delete around 30% of your inbox and then you start checking other emails which you believe are important. Read the point above and unsubscribe from the newsletters are rarely open and add the email addresses you don’t want to hear from into SPAM folder.

Five minutes of every hour an average employee spends on writing and reading emails at work. That can sound perfect, but if you think about how much time could be saved, taking into account that less than 50% of emails should be really be opened or read. In a year that could save you around 80 hours. If you are employer – think about that.
Some fun facts about emails:

Homer Simpson had his own email address. This email was revealed in one of the episodes of The Simpsons, where chunkylover53@aol.com address was shown. After that one of the writers tried to answer all those incoming emails from the name of Homer, but it didn’t last long due to high number of interested people.

The @ sign in emails is known as different name in different languages:
o In German it is called “spider monkey”

o In Russian @ is usually pronounced as a “dog”

o In Chinese it is named as “little mouse”

We have no idea why @ is named after animals in different countries, but we know for fact only one – every person should think more or less about their privacy and security whilst sending emails. It is a fact that your personal data could be stolen or bank details received via some virus-email or spam. In order to protect yourself from that – search for secure email services.

Here are some examples of such secure email services:

– Hushmail is a secure email service that allows to use your own domain name for $5.24 per month.
– Lavaboom is a German email service with encryption. In future will allow to burn emails after reading.
– PDF Postman has a plugin for Microsoft Outlook and PDF files encryption.
– Voltage SecureMail is a secure email service for corporate customers.
– We advise you to use SFLetter. SFLetter – simple and free secure email service to protect messages and attachments (PDF and JPEG) against unauthorized use. sfletter.com

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