electronic mail

electronic mail
   The use of a network to transmit text messages, memos, and reports; usually referred to as e-mail. Users can send a message to one or more individuals, to a predefined group, or to all users on the system. When you receive a message, you can read, print, forward, answer, or delete it. An e-mail system may be implemented on a peer-to-peer network, a client/server architecture, a mainframe computer, or on a dial-up service, such as America Online. Email is by far the most popular Internet application, with well over 80 percent of Internet users taking advantage of the service.
   E-mail has several advantages over conventional mail systems, including:
   • E-mail is fast—very fast when compared with conventional mail.
   • If something exists on your computer as a file—text, graphical images, even program files and video segments—you can usually send it as e-mail.
   • E-mail is very extensive. You can now send e-mail to well over half the countries in the world.
   The problems associated with e-mail are similar to those associated with online communications in general, such as security, privacy (always assume that your e-mail is not private), and the legal status of documents exchanged via e-mail.

Dictionary of networking . 2014.

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