Many people use the Internet to send
and receive e-mail. E-mail means messages sent between computers
via the Internet. There's no paper involved. A person simply
types a message on a computer and e-mails it to someone. The recipient
will receive the message in a matter of seconds and can read it on the
Before you can
either send or receive e-mail, you have to have an e-mail account.
There are two ways to get an e-mail account:
If you have Internet
access at home, your Internet Service Provider (the company that
you pay for Internet access) can set up an e-mail account for you.
With this kind of account, all you'll have to do is click on a browser
button to access your e-mail.
If you don't have
Internet access at home, you'll have to set up an e-mail account through
a web site. There are many web sites that host e-mail accounts.
There will be links to some of them at the end of this lesson.
Once you've found
a web site that hosts e-mail accounts, just fill out the site's e-mail
After you sign
up for your e-mail account, there are three things that you must
The URL of the web
site that hosts your account.
Your e-mail address.
things are very important! If you forget them, you won't be able
to use your e-mail account!
Write down the
URL and your e-mail address somewhere, but keep your password secret.
When you want
to use your e-mail account, use the URL to go to the host web site.
When you click on the web site's "Mail" link, you will be asked for your
e-mail address and password. Once you type these in and hit "Enter,"
you will be given access to your e-mail account.
Glossary of terms
used so far:
browser - A computer program that helps people
use the Internet.
check box - A small box that allows you to
select multiple items from a list.
click - To quickly press and release the left
dialog box - A small box that pops up on screen
to give you information. You must respond to a dialog box by clicking
on a button.
drag - To move an onscreen object by putting
the pointer over it, holding the mouse button down, and moving the pointer.
drop-down menu - A type of menu in which you
must click on a small down arrow to display your options.
e-mail - Messages sent between computers via
the Internet. "E-mail" is short for "electronic mail."
Google - A popular search engine. Its
URL is www.google.com.
Google Chrome - A browser.
graphics - Pictures.
HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol; the way
computers communicate on the World Wide Web.
highlighted text - Text with a different background
color. This sentence
insertion point - A little blinking line that
shows you where the next letter you type will appear.
Internet Explorer - A browser.
Internet Service Provider - A company that
provides Internet access. Often abbreviated "ISP."
link - A connection to another web page.
Sometimes called a "hyperlink."
location toolbar - The browser toolbar that
contains a text box.
menu - A list of options.
navigation toolbar - The browser toolbar that
contains the "Back" and "Forward" buttons.
Mozilla Firefox - A browser. Firefox
is an updated version of Netscape Navigator.
password - A secret word that lets you access
your private information.
phishing- Attempting to steal private information
by sending out realistic-looking but fake e-mails.
pointer - The little arrow that moves around
the computer screen when the mouse is moved.
radio buttons- Small circles that allow you
to choose only one item from a list.
Safari - A browser.
scroll - To move a web page up and down on
the computer screen.
scroll bar- A bar that appears at the edge
of the computer screen when a web page is too large to fit on the screen.
search engine - A web site that searches for
other web sites.
selection list - A type of menu.
slider- Part of a scroll bar; the box that
moves up and down as a web page is scrolled.
you should exhibit when using a web site.
text - Letters
text box - A white box that you can type things
toolbar - A group of tools to help you use
the Internet. Toolbars are part of a browser.
URL - The address of a web page. Pronounced
"earl," URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
user name - The name by which a web site recognizes
web page - A computer file that looks like
a printed page when viewed with a browser.
web site - A group of related web pages.
World Wide Web - The part of the Internet
that can be viewed with a browser.
Yahoo! - A popular search engine.
Its URL is www.yahoo.com.