Email may seem like private correspondence and the ultimate convenience. Yet as the recent disclosures by Wikileaks illustrated, experts warn you shouldn't expect any privacy when you hit the "send" button.
With hacking and privacy breaches cropping up with increasing frequency, the stakes are higher than ever.
"I think it's wise for Americans to understand that their email privacy is threatened by a variety of fronts," privacy expert Claire Gartland told CNBC's "On The Money" in an interview.
Email hacks and leaks were a big story this election cycle, and it's causing some to reconsider how they use electronic communications.
Gartland, who is the director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Consumer Privacy Project, said it's not just WikiLeaks, or "identity thieves and hackers" who could infiltrate your electronic messages. Founded in 1994, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is an independent non-profit organization focusing on privacy and civil liberties issues.
"In addition, the government and even our own email service providers are also compromising the confidentiality of messages that we intend to be private. "