1971: The first network email QWERTYUIOP was sent by Raymond Tomlinson, who worked for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). Raymond used the @ symbol to connect the computer to the mailbox.
1977: People started sending mail to other networks using the ARPANET.
1985: Defence and government employees, academic professionals, and students in the US started using email for information exchange.
1991: Berners-Lee created World Wide Web, which improved Internet access, and became a key factor in popularizing the use of email for communication.
1996: The first webmail service – Hotmail was launched by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia. Hotmail allowed everyone to start their personal email accounts and access them from anywhere in the world. This was the beginning of a new era, which signaled the end of the ISP-based email.
1996: The first email-borne threat Spam was reported. Spam carried malware, which tried to extract confidential information from users.
1997: Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft. It quickly became the largest webmail service in the world, with more than 30 million users by 1999.
1998: The word Spam was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, as it became a reference to unsolicited, undesired, or illegal email messages.
2003: BlackBerry smartphones RIM 850 and 857 was launched, which started the era of mobile emailing.
2004: Google launched Gmail, which offered 1gigabyte (GB) storage space. This 1GB storage heralded an era of large online data storage, which is offered by Cloud today.
2004: Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 came into action in the US. This law was signed by President George W.Bush. This act was widely criticized due to its lack of addressing spam.
2008: President Barrack Obama became the first US president to exploit the benefits of mobile email.
2012: A study confirms that there are more than 3 billion active email accounts in the world. Every day approximately 294 billion email is sent, of which 78% are spam!
2013: Yahoo Mail introduces a user-friendly user interface with unlimited storage space 1TB (1,000 GB) storage space, with maximum attachment limit 25MB.
2016: The Radicati group found that every day approximately 100 billion corporate emails are exchanged.
2017: Ransomware, business email compromise, and spear phishing emerge as top email-borne threats.
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