An e-mail address has become a necessity, both for keeping in touch with friends and for contacting business associates or potential clients. While Internet service providers typically give e-mail addresses with their Internet packages, you aren't limited to their paid services. There are many different websites that offer free e-mail addresses for personal use. Creating a new account takes only a few minutes.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Navigate to the Windows Live sign-up page. Click the "Get a Windows Live Email Address" link. Type the name you want to use for your e-mail address in the "Windows Live ID" text field.
Click "Check Availability" to see if your preferred address is available. Type a different name and click "Check Availability" again if your address is already taken.
Click the drop-down box and choose either "@hotmail.com" or "@live.com." Changing the extension of your e-mail address is purely for aesthetic purposes and won't actually change your account's features.
Type the password you want to use in the "Password" and "Retype Password" fields. Enter another e-mail address where you can be contacted in the "Alternate Email Address" field.
Type your name, country, state, zip code and birth year in the appropriate text boxes. Type the characters displayed in the security image in the "Characters" text box and click "I Accept" to create your free e-mail address.
Click the "Go To My Inbox" link to begin using your personal e-mail account.
Navigate to the Gmail account creation website. Type your first and last names in the corresponding text boxes.
Type your desired e-mail account name in the next text field and click "Check Availability." Type a different account name if necessary.
Type the password you want to use in the text boxes. Click the "Security Question" option and choose a security question you want to use if you ever forget your password.
Type your personalised security answer in the "Answer" field and type an alternate e-mail in the "Recovery Email" field. Choose your location from the drop-down menu and type your birth date in the text box.
Type the characters visible in the word verification image in the next text box. Click "I Accept. Create My Account" to set up your Gmail account.
Navigate to the AIM e-mail account creation website. Type your first name, last name and desired e-mail address in the first three text boxes.
Enter a password in the "Password" and "Retype Password" fields. Click the "Account Security Question" option and choose a security password that has an answer you will remember.
Type the security answer in the "Your Answer" field and then enter your Postcode, birth date and gender in the next fields.
Type the characters displayed in the "Verify Your Registration" image and then click "Submit" to finish creating your free AIM e-mail address.
Tips and warnings
- You don't have to create a new account for Windows Live if you already have an MSN Windows Messenger account or Xbox Live account. Click "Sign In" at the Windows Live ID page and type in your account and password information. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a new personal e-mail address using your existing account.
- All three e-mail options include a feature that shows you how strong your password is. Use a combination of letters and numbers that would be hard for anyone else to guess to keep your e-mail account safe.
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