HowTo Create an Email account
How computers changed the world
The world as we know it today, is a lot different to the world of yesteryear. Thanks to the invention of computers, the manner of performing many essential, but common, functions have changed, including how we keep in personal contact with each other and how we communicate. Gone are the days of public telephones and public mail is fast following suit. Public mail (now commonly referred to as snail mail) is being replaced on many levels as I write this article. Cell-phones, texting and Skype immediately come to mind. Videophones are already a reality. The exchange of information today is instant. The rare individual today who hasn’t the means of instant contact is destined to be excluded from social development. Thus the need to create email accounts if you don’t have them yet.
What is an email account?
Email is a message or information delivered electronically. An email account is a location on the internet where we can receive information sent to us directly from anywhere in the world. It is the electronic counterpart of the mailbox of old, but with major differences.
- Unlike yesteryear’s mailbox, It can receive
any info that can be transmitted by electronic media.
- It can receive and transmit voice messages.
- It can receive and send video messages
- It can allow you to respond to a query immediately.
- It can receive programs.
- It can reach you anywhere in the world (with internet service).
- And no, it cannot deliver physical packages yet but it can alert you to the whereabouts of your physical packages. However, with the advent of drone technology, that will be remedied shortly through technological integration.
The Advantages of Having an Email Account, Free or Paid.
If the prior arguments have not convinced you of the necessity to have email accounts, hopefully this will: messages delivered to email accounts are very, very private and personal. Email accounts are protected from intrusion by International Law to such an extent that only you can legally access your email. Added to that, it gives you the ability to reach out to anyone anywhere in the world from the comfort of any accessible computer. Although the majority of email providers offer this service free of cost, there are also paid providers. These providers employ additional security measures than those of the standard free providers.
How to Create a New Email Account
This is a free option with most Internet Provider services. If your IP (internet provider) does not offer it, you can get one just by asking. There are various free email providers worldwide, including well-known ones like Gmail, AOL. Hotmail, Outlook and YahooMail. Of these, Gmail has now become one of the better known. Any of these providers will gladly help you to create new email accounts without hassles
Create New Email Account for Yahoo,
To create new email accounts with any provider, the Signup processes are quite similar. Perform an internet search for a provider and choose ” create an email account” or similar words. You will then be provided with a form requesting your profile information: Name, Surname and a Username (to access the account) and Password. Please note that the Username and Password can be what ever makes sense to you, except that the Username must begin with a lowercase letter. This takes the form of “user@IP.com”. To access your email account, you are only required to enter the username you provided (“user”)and your current Password. The “@IP.com” represents your location on the internet. It will only be required if you are trying to log into your account from other computers and web browsers.
You may be required to structure this name in definite ways, say :”the username must consist of 1 Uppercase letter, 1 special character and lower case letters and 1 number.” This translates to “@sammy23” or something similar. In many cases the length of the username must be 8 characters or more. As long as those requirements are satisfied, it does not matter if the phrase makes grammatical sense or not. Please record the username and the required password or you will not be able to access your mailbox after it’s creation. After agreeing to the company’s policies for providing the services and how they operate, your information will be verified (usually over the phone, so please keep it handy) and you’ve successfully created your account! P.S. You can research this topic further through YouTube videos for free.
Protecting Your Email Account:
While obtaining an email account is relatively easy, it should never be taken for granted. Take every step to protect your account from threats from malicious individuals and harmful software. During the setup of your account, certain steps were taken to provide security for your information, beginning with an acceptably secure password. That is usually a random phrase consisting of letters and other symbols. It is advisable to have an effective antivirus to protect your computer and its virtual possessions. One of the computer’s few flaws is its programmable nature. Like a fat man to candy bars, the computer has an irresistible affinity to programs and will try to activate malicious programs sent through the email process. That’s where an effective antivirus program on your machine demonstrates its value of protection.
What is a Password and Why is it Important?
Like the physical mailbox that it replaces, an email account requires a “lock” to keep unauthorized persons from accessing its contents. The old lock used a key to allow access to the mailbox’s contents. The password serves a similar purpose. Like its physical counterpart, losing the key (password) denies you entry into your email account. Should that ever occur, you have to contact the provider to reset the password. Resetting a password entails choosing a new phrase to replace the lost one. It is extremely important that you record this phrase in a place easily available to you. Without it, you will be denied access to your account. You may also be denied access to your mailbox if you fail to input it correctly in three tries or fewer! I mention this because each time you attempt to access your account, you will be challenged for your password, without exception.
In this lesson, we have learned how to create new email accounts. We also learned about the features of the email account, its difference from the old mailbox and its power to reach you anywhere in the world with internet service. We also covered how to create the email account for any provider and the meaning, structure and importance of the username and password of the account. At this point, you should be equipped to tackle most mundane tasks on your computer. Congratulations. Your task at this time is to locate a provider and create an email account.
If you should have any questions or comments, leave them below. Until our next lesson.