Signing up for Hotmail requires choosing your ID or e-mail address and coming up with a strong, secure password. Start connecting with friends and keeping in touch through the Internet using Hotmail.com with tips from a computer specialist in this free video tutorial on using e-mail.
Hi, I'm Chris Cook with Security Awareness, Inc. and I'm going to show you how to setup that much wanted Hotmail email address. First go to hotmail.com thru your web browser. There's two places to click here, whether you want to sign in with your existing id or sign up with a new one. We're going to sign up for a new id. You click on sign up. We're going to click on get it free for the Windows Live Hotmail and then it's going to ask us to check the availability of the id that we want. Choose something that's going to be meaningful for you, that's how you're going to want to portray yourself on the Internet. You can click on check the availability and that's going to tell you if it's available or not. If it's not, you're going to have to try something else. The one we've just selected is going to be available. You're going to enter a password and it's going to ask you to retype the password. As you see it's going to ask, or give you an indication of whether it's a strong password or not. The stronger the password the better. I recommend uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and if the system will provide, allow for it, special characters such as pound sign or in percent. You're going to have to retype your password for verification. You can enter an alternate email address which will allow them to communicate with you outside of the hotmail system and you're going to have to enter your personal information; first name, last name, your gender, your birth year, country, region, state and zip code. All of these were use for demographics, potentially for marketing as well. So beware of any information that you do enter there. Then it's going to ask you for security code, it will be a picture of some letters and numbers. Enter that and that will help them make sure that it's not an automated program opening up the email account. And then you're going to have to read the Windows Live service agreement and click on I accept. At that point it will create your email address and get you off and running with your new email. I'm Chris Cook with Security Awareness, Inc., hope this helps.