Emails are not only one of the easiest ways to keep in touch with friends, but an email address is often a necessity when setting up a new program or app.
There are a number of ways to set up an email account, for example:
- use the email provided by your ISP when you set up your internet account
- buy an email address and have your personal or business domain name as part of the email address
- set up a web-based email account.
Your own domain name
If you want an email address with your own domain name then you will need to research the annual pricing plans. The cost of running and storing emails varies with the provider. Some providers include multiple email addresses for no extra charge and some offer 24-hour support. Make sure they have contact phone numbers in an emergency.
Some domain name emails don’t have an associated webmail service. If you choose one of these you will have to configure, download and install a program like Microsoft Outlook to read your email on-the-go.
2. Choose your user name
Choose a user name that is general but sensible – you may need to use this for job applications, for example. If you are worried about being easily identified, then choose one that does not contain your real name.
3. Use a secure password
Have a strong and secure password and don’t share it with anyone. Having a strong password that you change regularly and is not easy to guess is the best way to protect your account from hackers. Always change your password if you think your account has been compromised in any way.
4. Email management
Be wary of unsolicited emails – if you do not know who they are from, they are probably spam.
Don’t click on suspicious links or attachments, even if they look like they have been sent to you by a friend. Ask yourself, ‘Is this something my friend would send me? Does it sound like them?’ If in doubt, give your friend a call or send a new email just to check. Otherwise – delete the email!
Sign out of email services once you have finished checking them.