Right now, you are able to send text and photo messages, videos, and more, all with the simple press of a button. But, do you know how far that has come and how email has advanced over the years as a communication method? There is no question – email has evolved greatly since its inception. Starting in 1965, the first emails were sent from one person to another using computers that were less powerful than a digital watch you’d find today. In the 1970s, the practice evolved thanks to Ray Tomlinson and ARPANET, a connected system of computers, running the same software, that were able to communicate directly with one another.
By the early 1980s, the term “email” was in use, and Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) was introduced; SMTP is still widely used by companies that provide email services today. The 90s marked a significant boom for the Internet and, by extension, email services like Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail. However, it also resulted in an increase in email spam and opened the door for scammers to find new victims. Although email has given us a fast and easy way to communicate, fraudulent activity is often perpetrated through email messages. Businesses must use email verification solutions to stop fraud while also approving more customers. IDology recently launched a new infographic highlighting several key milestones in the history of email. Check it out!