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So far e-mail sounds like a good thing to have and use. However, there are some drawbacks when dealing with sending and receiving e-mails .

  • Once you click the "send" button after writing an e-mail message, there is no undo. Well that's not such a big deal is it? I mean if you typed the e-mail address incorrectly - it'll just come back undeliverable. However - maybe the "forward" button should make you somewhat more apprehensive. You never know where or to whom your e-mail message will go. E-mail messages are like a tube of toothpaste. Once toothpaste is squeezed out of the tube, there is no way for it to go back into the tube. So you better be careful of what you write in an e-mail message.

  • Sometimes e-mail servers do not work. E-mail messages will be undeliverable if the e-mail servers are down or full. There is no guarantee that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) will give you any kind of notice if there are any problems with their e-mail servers. Sometimes the e-mail servers are off line when they are upgraded. This did in fact happen to me with Verizon. Then my e-mail took a couple of hours, once Verizon said it should work, to work.

  • Oh yes, and let's not forget about those swindlers and schemers who try to take advantage of you. One of the more famous schemes is the e-mail you receive from "Dr. Ben Obi" about an profitable investment proposal. You only have to provide him your telephone number and some cash to help it all get started. Of course, this good to be true scheme, is all hush, hush. Another goodie tried is when you are outbid on E-bay which is an online auction, and you receive e-mail messages from people who say that they can give you good price on a similar item that you placed a bid on, just send a cashier's check to...

  • There are also many e-mail hoaxes, e-mail viruses and e-mail SPAM messages that you will receive. We again will cover this in more detail later on in this course.

So is it worth it to send and receive e-mail messages? Let's just say that the people who could not get through to their relatives in New York on September 11th were thankful that they could get their e-mail messages through quicker then the telephone calls.


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