How to create an email address

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How to create an email address
Chose an address when you sign up for an email account. (email simbol image by vladislav susoy from Fotolia.com)

Email is a form of digital communication between sender and recipient. It has changed the way society communicates. It is widely used in business and to maintain social networks. It is a fast, cheap and easy way of communicating. But it is impersonal, and emails can easily be misinterpreted. There are also security issues. Emails can be sent accidentally of forwarded to the wrong recipients and be hacked into. So care is advisable as you set up an email address.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Internet connection
  • Email provider

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select an email provider. Popular providers in the UK are gmail.com, hotmail.co.uk and yahoo.co.uk. Your decision may be based on the amount of space and customisation options offered by the provider. Or you may simply choose the provider that most of your friends, relatives and colleagues use. Emailaddresses.com has reviews of hundreds of providers.

  2. 2

    Once you have selected a provider, go to its website and sign up for a new email account. You will be asked to supply your first and last name, desired login name (which becomes your email address), a password and the answers to security questions. Some people use their first and last names for their email address. If someone in the world already has this email address, the provider will suggest alternatives. Other people prefer to choose an email address that provides anonymity.

  3. 3

    The final step is to accept the provider’s terms of service. Read through them then click on “Accept”. By agreeing to the terms of service you are also usually agreeing to the provider’s programme policy and privacy policy. If the provider later finds you in violation of these policies, your account may be suspended or terminated. Now your account is all set up and ready for use. You can begin to send from your unique email address.

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