Nowadays, many folks use their Web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator) to both explore the Internet AND to send e-mail messages to their friends.
If you’ve been online for a while, the e-mail address you first received from your ISP was probably a regular e-mail account that you had to use through an e-mail client, such as Outlook Express. That is, an e-mail account that receives messages at your ISP’s server, but then downloads them to the e-mail software on your computer when you hit the “send/receive” button. After receiving and downloading the messages you then no longer need to be connected to the Internet and can read them while “offline”—but only from the computer to which they were downloaded.
Many ISPs now provide the option for their users to access their personal, client-based e-mail account via a Webmail interface. This “interface” is simply a Web page that accesses the same messages and mail servers as a user’s normal e-mail program.
Most folks use secondary Hotmail type e-mail addresses for times when it’s important to protect their personal e-mail address, such as when they respond to marketing pitches, enter online contests, and participate in discussion newsgroups. Separating personal and public e-mail in this manner is a great way to minimize the spam and viruses sent to a user’s primary, personal ISP-provided account.
Sometimes people refer to such secondary accounts (like a Hotmail account) as “throw-away” e-mail addresses. When they start getting heavily spammed, they are simply “thrown-away” and replaced with a new address.
With so many options now available, it’s easier than ever to manage your e-mail life at home, work, or on the road.
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