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Spam – general reminder, be careful who you give your email address to!!! Signing up for a random contest by giving them your email address will likely lead to that company selling your address to spammers. Spam can be a great annoyance. Avoid getting a bunch of unwanted email by using discretion concerning who you give your address to.
Replaces letters -- using the postal system is sometimes called snailmail because in comparison email is so quick. An email address will be asked for for all online transactions that involve money i.e. shopping online. For this reason being careful who you trust is very important. Gmail offers over 6659 megabytes of storage (and counting) compared to 1.44 megabytes on the floppy discs available for sale here at the library. Save documents you need in your email to avoid having to keep a disc of information with you at all times.
Ask if there are any questions, spend a few minutes making sure this is all clear to everyone…
Point out highlights from handout #1 before going on to video about passwords. After give the class two minutes (timed to make it fun) to complete handout 2, emphasize there are no wrong answers.
Missing parts is like giving your home address without a city, state and zip code. Emphasize that you can’t have just one part. Emphasize this part as much as possible!!!
Have students share email addresses with somebody sitting by them and make sure everyone gets at least one address typed in the “to” section.
Just double click once you get to the item you want to attach. Once done send the email like normal
Email Basics Brought to you by Fresno County Public Library written by Lisa Lindsay, MLIS
Refers to “failed login” attempts which you don’t recall happening. Asks you to send account information through email. Real companies don’t make this request because it’s a known tool of scammers. The actual link appears to be a legit website but upon closer examination it’s a very different website. If you have any doubt, it’s likely a scam but if you want to be sure contact the company on your own.
In today’s economy most scams are something to do with jobs. If you get a random email about a job offer or referencing a job you never applied for, the sender is ultimately trying to take advantage of you so don’t give them any information!
On the Web, whenever an offer seems lucky, or an email seems to good to be true, trust that’s is a skilled scammer and stay away!
Creating an Email account Step 1: Choosing a Username & Password
Usernames are unique to you – if someone else has chosen what you want you must choose another.
It’s important that you choose a secure password but it’s not difficult, just be creative.
Complete Handout #2
Creating an Email account Step 2: Sign up for your email address
Go to the website mail.yahoo.com and complete each section.
For the security questions, make sure you choose questions you will always answer the same way, including the same spelling.
This part is called a captcha – the distorted words are used to test that you are a human completing the form rather than a computer (cuts down on scams). Request help if needed.
Username “ at” (symbol is found on the #2 key) Email provider with “dot com” Remember, when you are writing down your email address you need to include all three parts! When you are sending an email you need to have all three parts.
The subject line is optional but it’s a good idea to include something so that you can help the person receiving the message quickly know what your email is about since it’s likely to be listed with others.
Meeting 9am Tues Meeting Request for parts to fix Jeep Request Opera tickets Tickets Good Subject Lines Bad Subject Lines
Sending an email, cont. Compose and Send Your Email
In the main part you put your message in. For now, just put something in for practice.
Once you are done, make sure you have the email address typed correctly and then select “send” in the lower left corner.