An e-mail address is today what a mailbox was in 1950. People send letters, reminders, business agendas, and even wedding invitations via e-mail every day. Each year, more people are becoming acclimated to the Internet and, as the number of people who need e-mail increases, so do the number of e-mail service providers. Different providers offer different features--like storage, folder creation, and spam filters--so you should choose one that meets your needs. By giving out a little information and filling in a simple form, you'll soon have a personal e-mail address.
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Decide what you’ll be using your e-mail account to accomplish. There are many different services that offer different amenities to account-holders and you want to be sure that you’re getting the best fit for your needs. Gmail, for example, offers an easy-to-use interface and ample storage. Hotmail has a strong spam filter and will help reduce the amount of junk mail that you have to wade through.
Ask your coworkers what e-mail addresses they use. Consider taking their experience into account when choosing a company, as their needs and yours may mesh, especially professionally.
Select the button that allows you to create a new account. It might say “Sign Up” or “Create An Account.”
Enter your personal information. You’ll have to provide your name, birth date, and area of residence at the very least.
Select an e-mail handle. You might use the first letter of your first name next to your complete last name. You could use a nickname. Choose something that will make your identity clear to others and something that isn’t likely to be used by someone else. If your e-mail name is already in use, the program will alert you and let you select another name. Try using a series of numbers or certain types of punctuation (periods and dashes often work) to differentiate your e-mail address from others.
Select a password. Most e-mail servers will demand that you have at least eight characters. They will ask you to use some combination of numbers, lower case letters, capital letters, and punctuation. Choose something you can remember that no one else will know.
Finish filling out the form. It may request a password hint where you’ll have to input your library card number, mother’s maiden name, or first teacher’s name. If you lose your password, this question will let you reset it, so be sure that you’ll remember your answer later.
Accept the terms and conditions by reading through them and then selecting that you’ve read and agreed to them.
Tips and warnings
- Never use your work e-mail for personal business. Never conduct business through your personal e-mail.
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