E-mail, is essentially a virtual mailbox. This service allows you to write, send and receive messages. In this module you will learn how to create an e-mail account and manage key actions within the service, such as sending, receiving, or deleting messages.
In that regard, let's start by helping you create an email account. We will cover the following:
● Know the electronic mail;
● Recognize an e-mail address;
● Create an e-mail account.
As noted, email is essentially a virtual mailbox. In this way e-mail is like a virtual address, which in addition to sending and receiving mail (electronic), also allows us to identify ourselves on the Internet in a set of services. Many of the applications addressed in the training contents of the ICT and Society Network will require an e-mail account to be used. In addition, various companies such as television and Internet operators or gas and electricity supply companies offer discounts if they wish to receive the invoice by e-mail. These are just a few reasons why you should understand the importance of having an email account. E-mail is an extremely secure system and respecting of the privacy of each one, your data will always be protected.
Before creating an e-mail account, it is important to recognize how all addresses are structured. An e-mail address is then composed of a name, followed by the @ sign (at) followed by the server or e-mail service, and finally an endpoint and a domain. Example: email@example.com. In this case, the name pauloduarte is followed, followed by the symbol @, followed by the server society and finally followed by the endpoint and the pt domain. To recap, all e-mail addresses have a first part that corresponds to the name, this name can not contain spaces or special characters, only numbers, letters and occasionally the character. (endpoint) and _ (subtraction) depending on the e-mail service used. As we have seen, after the name always appears the @ (arroba) symbol that is inserted by pressing the Alt key on the keyboard and without releasing it press the 2 key of the numeric keypad on the letters. Then comes the email service and finally the domain, which begins with an end point and is succeeded by letters that abbreviate an entity or a country. Some examples: .PT (Portugal), .ES (Spain), .COM (Commercial), .GOV (Government).
There are several free email services you can choose from, however, some applications require you to have an operator-specific email. Taking into account the applications that we will address in the TIC and Society Network, we have chosen to use the Google service called Gmail, as it is the one that has the highest compatibility, as well as being one of the ones with the greatest hosting capacity. messages). In this particular case, the e-mail address will be in the format firstname.lastname@example.org. In the specific case of Gmail, you can use letters, numbers and the character. (end point) to define the name. Since e-mail is a service that works on a web page, you need a program that browses pages on the Internet, this program is called an Internet browser, if you need help using a web browser see the module surf the Internet. To begin you should open your Internet browser by left-clicking the browser icon on the taskbar () or double-clicking the left mouse button if the icon is on the Desktop. Then move the mouse pointer to the browser's address bar and left-click, then enter the address https://www.gmail.com/ with the keyboard and end by pressing enter key (see figure 1).
You should see your Gmail page with a login form to the centre (see Figure 2). To register an e-mail address, you must move the mouse pointer to the More options (highlight 1 in figure 2) and click the left mouse button, later a window will appear where two options appear: Create account and Not your device?, you must click Create Account (highlight 2 in figure 2). If you proceeded correctly, a new window will appear with the registration form (see figure 3). You must fill in your details. To begin, move the mouse pointer to the text box corresponding to the Name and left-click, then enter your first name with the keyboard. After entering your name, you must enter your nickname by moving the mouse pointer to the text box corresponding to the Nickname and left clicking the mouse, then typing your nickname with the keyboard. The next one to enter will be your username, this name may have letters, numbers and points but you can not have spaces as we have seen before and will be the text that will appear before @gmail.com.
Given that there are millions of users using Gmail, you're likely to choose a name that another user already has, since there can not be two email addresses that are the same, you may have to add numbers or choose a different name. For example, when you enter the text in the society, the information that the name has already been chosen will appear (see figure 4), you can however choose one of the suggested names ticsociedade26, (if testing your computer different names may appear) by moving the mouse pointer over the desired name and clicking the left mouse button, or alternatively type a new name in the text box. Then enter the password for your e-mail account. To do so, move the mouse pointer to the text box under Create a password and left-click by typing your password with the keyboard. To make sure that you typed the word you wanted, you must retype it in the next text box by repeating the previous procedure, this time to the text box below the Confirm password text box.
Remember that the password is your security. When creating a new password, look for letters, numbers, and special characters (#, &, -, etc). At the same time, you must memorize it. When you have completed the password entry, you must enter your date of birth by dragging the mouse pointer to the day's text box and left-clicking with the keyboard the day of his birth. Then move the mouse pointer to the month list box and click the left mouse button, a list of options will appear, move the mouse to the desired month by left-clicking on it to select it. Finish filling in the date of birth by moving the mouse pointer to the text box for the year and clicking the left mouse button, then typing the year of birth. Continue filling in your data by selecting your gender this way, to move the mouse pointer to the list box below Gender and left-click, a list of options will appear, move the mouse pointer to the desired option and left-click to select it. In the following field, you must enter your mobile phone number, it is not mandatory, this field is useful for, for example, retrieving a forgotten password, if you want to fill the field, move the mouse pointer to the text box below Mobile and click the left mouse button, then enter your mobile number. Another option for recovering a password is through the next field, your current email address, if you have another email, you must enter it here by repeating the steps for the previous text boxes. If you can not use an e-mail address of a family member, but be careful, it must be someone of your entire trust because that person can change your password if you want. Please note, however, that you may choose to leave this field blank. Then there is a checkbox, if it is selected it will set Google as the default homepage, that is, whenever you open your Internet browser, it will go directly to Google. If you do not want this to happen, you should remove the selection by moving the mouse pointer to the check box and left-clicking. Later there is a list box that by default should indicate Portugal, if you want to change the location should move the mouse pointer to it and left-click, a list of options will appear and you should move the mouse pointer to the desired country, ending with a left mouse click on the name of the country. You will then be presented with a terms and conditions window where you will have to go to the bottom and click Accept to complete the creation of the account. (See Figure 5)