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We’ve got some great how-to guides that we’ll be sharing over the coming weeks, and this first one is all about how to set-up an email account and stay safe whilst emailing friends and family.

E-mail means electronic mail and is a method of exchanging messages between people and companies using a digital device. It is quick, easy, and free! Imagine a letter being sent to communicate with someone but via the internet!

Safety Tips

  • Use a well-known webmail provider and trusted company.
  • Use a strong password.
  • Don’t click on links or open attachments from unknown sources.
  • Always log out of your webmail page/client especially when using a public device.
  • Use your provider’s spam filters and junk folders
  • Make sure you have antivirus, anti-spyware, and a firewall installed and they are up-to-date.

How to get an email address

To send an email you need to have an email account/address, such as: john.smith123@gmail.com. 

You can have more than one email address from more than one email service provider. You can send text, pictures, and various types of computer files as attachments within emails.

There are a number of free email service providers, such as; Outlook (previously Hotmail), Gmail, Yahoo mail, AOL Mail. Various internet service providers also bundle an email address with your account. Providers that do this include BT, Sky, Virgin, Plusnet, TalkTalk.

Some webmail providers will place limits on the size of a message and/or your overall mailbox, be careful your messages aren’t lost or deleted if you exceed these limits. Also be aware that some webmail providers will close your account if it’s not been used for a certain period of time.

Did you know?

  • 66% of emails are read on a mobile device.
  • Around 2.7 million emails are sent every second, that’s over 230