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Email Address - For Beginners

I was going through my email addresses today. I've probably a dozon of email address in different email service provider. I'm sure all of you have it more than you need, as it's free and sometimes opening it is just like fun. Some people also doesn't like lengthy procedure of opening email address and stick with the first one. What I've seen, some people open email address only as a essential part of Facebook registration and never check it later. Email address is like your online home and you should keep a regular eye on it.



Rules are simple:

1. While registering email address: Email address reflects you, try to be unique. Instead of putting numerical values, try to make it up using A to Z and characters like dot (.) and underscore ( _ ). Check for availability and proceed. Provide as much information as they ask during registration (some people are just paranoid about sharing personal info) as they maybe prove very valuable if you loose access to your account accidentally.

2. Choose your email service: So many services are there and all of them are free. But choose from them wisely, you've to stick with them for long time. My personal favorite is Google's email service Gmail. Opening a gmail account gives you a Google account and provide access to multiple services provided by Google like Google+, Google Calender, Google Drive, Youtube, Picasa and many more. Other Popular email alternatives are Yahoo! Mail. It also provides access to Yahoo! services, most popular of which is Flickr and Yahoo! Chat. Another one is Microsoft's Outlook (Previously Known as Hotmail) which gives green ticket to services like Live Messenger, Microsoft SkyDrive, XBox etc.You can also choose AOL if you like it, it's highly unusual choice though.





If you choose Gmail:  @gmail.com, @googlemail.com
If you choose Yahoo: @yahoo.com, @ymail.com, @rocketmail.com
If you choose Outlook: @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com, @msn.com
Facebook gives you: @facebook.com (yet have less functionality)

3. Providing info while opening: Provide accurate name, address, date of birth, location, alternative email address, phone number and any other info they ask for. If you're opening email address for first time then keep the alternative email address field blank, you can always add/change it later. I suggest you to open at least 2 email address on two different service (example: one on Gmail, one on Outlook) and set alternate email address for each other. In Gmail, give your phone number as you can use it to recover your forgotten password for account. Gmail registration now also give you access to Google+ social service automatically.

4. Maintaining account: Maintaining your account is important, you should organize it nicely so that important emails doesn't escape from your sight. Gmail Archive option is useful. On Outlook and Yahoo! Mail open a folder like Archive/Old mails and move less necessary emails to that after reading.

5. Keeping account alive: You should check your email account at least one time a week, it builds a habit and help you not to forget about your account. Also important to remember your account may get blocked/deactivated for your long term inactivity (90days or more).

6. Contact list/Address book: Add and import your contacts and enrich your contact list. So you can find them using their email address in different service. Ask your friends about their email address and also share yours with them. In Outlook and Yahoo Mail! you can also import your Facebook contacts to your contact list. Google integrates Google+ on contact.

7. Instant MessengerGtalk for Gmail, Yahoo! Chat for Yahoo! Mail and MSN/Live Messenger chat for Outlook/Hotmail. It gives you chance to instantly communicate with your friends. Yahoo! Messenger and Live Messenger also integrated Facebook chat with it.

8. Security: Keep your password tough to guess, atleast 8 character long. If you're much more concerned about your security, use gmail's 2-factor-authentication which needs code that's sent to your mobile number after password and gives extra security. Always keep your password recovery option up-to-date.

9. Preventing spam: Don't provide your email address and password to some junky site, trying to give you free Ipad or telling you've own lottery price or making you last of their descendant and leaving you million dollar property.

10. Identity: Remember email address defines you, so it's your responsibility to keep it safe. Sometimes hackers try to steal your identity. Your email with threats and expressed violence to someone may bring you legal charges against you. So, be cautious.

Now a days, Facebook message is redefining email. Friends are using Facebook message instead of mail. But still Email are center of everything even Facebook and has a long way to go. Happy emailing. 
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