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31 March, 2008

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Do you have a personal email account? Why not set one up today with our step-by-step guide?

Do you have a personal email account? Why not set one up today with our step-by-step guide?

Lisa Kelly


Midwives magazine: February/March 2008

Setting up your own email account is easy even for hardened technophobes.

Once you have access to email, it is a fast and flexible way of sending and receiving messages and if you don't own a computer, you can get free access to the internet in public libraries.

The most popular email accounts are free web-based mail services provided by Hotmail (www.hotmail.com), Yahoo (www.yahoo.com) and Google Mail (www.googlemail.com). If you have internet access at home, your chosen internet service provider will also supply you with an email account as part of your package.

All of these accounts include features such as storage space measured in megabytes so that you don't have to delete old emails to make room for new ones, and filtering technology to prevent 'spam' ­ a type of electronic junk mail.



  • Choose your email service provider by considering the features they offer

  • Click on an internet browser, such as Explorer, Safari or Firefox

  • Type in the web address of your chosen service provider (for example www.yahoo.com) in the address bar at the top of the screen to reach the home page

  • Look for the 'sign up' section for new email users and click on it to register. On the Yahoo! home page 'Free mail: sign up' is at the top right

  • Choose a 'user name', ID or login name. Your full email address will consist of this name, followed by the @ sign, which precedes your email service provider's domain name ­ for example, yourname@hotmail.co.uk. Bear in mind that your own name may already be in use, so it could take several attempts

  • Select a password using a combination of letters and numbers of at least six characters to prevent others accessing your email account

  • Complete a security question, such as your mother's maiden name or the name of your first pet. You will be asked this question, if you forget your password

  • Accept the email provider's terms and conditions

  • Sign into your account with your email address and password and start sending and receiving messages.


A word of warning!

Be careful about opening emails from senders you don’t know. Pay attention to the sender’s address and the ‘subject’ of the email to avoid opening spam. Happy emailing!


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