The Radicati Group www.radicati.com/ carry out research into email usage, security, social networking, web technologies and more.
The information below is from their assessment of world email, covering the period 2019 – 2023.
The total number of business and consumer emails sent and received per day will exceed 293 billion in 2019, and is forecast to grow to over 347 billion by year-end 2023.
The number of worldwide email users will top 3.9 billion in 2019, and is expected to grow to over 4.3 billion by the end of 2023. Over half of the world population uses email in 2019
The number of worldwide email accounts is expected to continue to grow at a slightly faster pace than the number of worldwide email users. This is particularly true of consumer email accounts, where many consumers tend to have multiple email accounts for different purposes (e.g. shopping vs. friends and family).
It’s clear that email is here to stay and will only increase in usage and importance.
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The guy who created this website is Troy Hunt, a Microsoft Regional Director who is well known and highly regarded in the Internet security world.
Why did Troy build the site?
Troy says “This site provides a service to the public. Data breaches are rampant and people don’t appreciate the scale or frequency with which they occur. By aggregating the data here, I hope that it not only helps victims learn of compromises of their accounts, but also highlights the severity of the risks of online attacks on today’s Internet”.
A “breach” is an incident where a hacker illegally obtains data from a vulnerable system, usually by exploiting weaknesses in the software. All of the data in the haveibeenpwned website comes from website breaches which have been made publicly available.
There’s an option on the site to sign up to be notified if your email address comes up in a later breach.
What to do if your email details have been compromised?
This doesn’t necessarily mean that someone has your password but you should check and take precautions.
Change the password for the account
Change the password for any other account that has the same password
Review whether to shut down the relevant accounts and whether there has been any suspicious activity on those accounts ( if there is money involved).
You should always use strong passwords so if you have any less than strong passwords do update them on all relevant accounts.
This email shows the level of stupidity of many scammers.
“I am Miss. Ayesha Gaddafi, one of the daughters of the embattled president of Libya, I am currently residing in one of the African Countries, unfortunately as a refugee. At the meantime, my family is the target of Western nations led by NATO who wants to destroy my father at all costs. Our investments and bank accounts in several countries are their targets to freeze.
I have been commissioned to contact an interested foreign investor/partner who will be able to take absolute control of part of the vast cash available (£35 million) for a possible investment in your country.
Therefore if you can maintain the high level of secrecy required in this project, kindly respond with the following information for details of
Your full names and address
Your private telephone and fax numbers
Your private email address
Age and profession
It’s nearly 4 years since Colonel Gadaffi died but still some moron thinks he should send out this old scam email. This is both ridiculous and pathetic.
Gerry says I received a spam email the other day – from myself!
Somehow, my email address has been spoofed, and used to send out emails that appear to be from me.
It’s quite scary to receive spam from yourself. I scanned my PC for viruses, but it came up clean. It’s an email address I have had since the dawn of email, so I imagine somewhere along the line, it’s been picked up by some unscrupulous junk emailers. It does make the point, however, that you need to be careful even when an email appears to come from someone you know.
This email was just a one liner, saying click here, and the link appeared to be an advert, although I didn’t look too closely. Is someone you know likely to send you a website link out of the blue, with no explanation? Think twice before clicking.
Why would someone send me emails using my own email address. Because most people have spam filters on their email to weed out the rubbish but if the email is from yourself then it will bypass those filters.
If you receive an email from yourself – then just delete it.