Email has been a reliable form of communication for many years but, in the last 10 years, thanks spam and phishing email is dying.
Email worked because it was a quick and sure way to communicate with individuals over the net. Spam and phishing concerns attack the two key things in any communication medium:
- Know who you are talking to. Thanks to spam, you can't tell if the email you receive is from a real human that knows you or has real reasons to contact you.
With phishing you have emails that look genuine to trick you into performing some act.
- Know that you are being heard/read. If you send out an email, there is no longer any real guarantees that the recipient has received it.
If you can't receive real genuine emails, can't be certain if the recipient will get your message, and are afraid to share your email address with others, why bother with email at all?
This rant was caused by years of watching the email platform crumble and this article at Techdirt -
When You Can't Tell The Phishing Emails From The Legit Ones, Just Ignore Them All
I think it is time to look for new options...any ideas?