Surrey Public Library Electronic Classrooms Email Essentials
Web-Based Email Account Simply visit a website using any computer, enter your login and password, and you will be able to read, compose and send messages. Have to be connected to the Internet for the time when you are composing emails.
Email Address An address that someone has to type in the “To” field so that mail can be sent to you. The part of your email address after the @ symbol is either a company’s or your ISP’s name.
Username Username is the part to the left of the @ sign. It identifies the name of this unique user to whom the address belongs to.
E-mail Password The password is used for an email service that requires a login. Never choose an easy- to-guess password. Choose a difficult password, but not so difficult that you cannot remember it.
Inbox The folder for keeping delivered emails.
Composing a Message Send e-mail by: entering the recipient’s email address in the “To” field, type the message in the large text box and click the “Send” button. The subject line helps distinguish between the different messages.
Replying to a Message To send an email back to the person who originally sent it, with a new message added.
Forwarding a Message To pass an email that you have received on to another person.
Deleting a Message Message that you do not want to keep in the inbox. The message is moved to the deleted items folder, e.g. Trash.
Trash Folder When you delete a message in the “Inbox”, you are actually moving it to the “Trash” folder. To permanently delete a message, you empty the “Trash” folder.
Email Attachment A computer file sent with an email. Can be any kinds of files like pictures, text documents, music etc. Most email programs use a paperclip icon to indicate that there is a file attached to a message.
Email Address Book Just as you use an address book to keep a list of names and phone numbers, you can keep a list of email addresses that you often use. The address book button allow you make new entries into the address book.
Mail Delivery Unsuccessful You mistyped the email address. You have attached an enormous file to the message. One of the computers between you and the intended recipient across the Internet was not working properly. No explanation for the failure.
What is Spam? Spam is the email equivalent of junk mail or nuisance phone calls. It can be defined as all unsolicited electronic mail sent out in bulk to individuals or organizations that have not consented to receive it.
Classifications of Spam Unsolicited Commercial Emails (UCE). Unsolicited Bulk Emails (UBE). Chain Letters. Emails that do not have valid addresses in the reply to line.
Identifying a Spam Message In the email subject line. Watch out for strange symbols like $ or # or promises of free money, investment opportunities, etc. Pretend to know you well, e.g. Hi there!