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  • Created by Lisa Lindsay for Sunnyside Regional Library of Fresno County Public Library. November 2007 This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike Licensed. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to creative commons, 559 North Abbott Way Stanford California 94305, USA
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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 for yahoo

    1. 1. Email Basics Brought to you by Fresno County Public Library written by Lisa Lindsay, MLIS
    2. 2. Class Goals <ul><li>Today you will: </li></ul><ul><li>Learn common words having to do with email. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to create a secure password. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to recognize a fraudulent email. </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up for an email account with Gmail. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice using email to send and receive messages and add attachments. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Common Terms <ul><li>email   (ē ' māl') </li></ul><ul><li>A system for sending and receiving messages electronically over a computer network, as between personal computers. </li></ul><ul><li>spam  (spăm) </li></ul><ul><li>Unsolicited e-mail, often of a commercial nature, sent indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups; junk e-mail. </li></ul><ul><li>username  (yū ' zər-nām') </li></ul><ul><li>A sequence of characters (different from a password) that is used as identification and is required when logging on to an online service. Also called user ID . </li></ul>
    4. 4. Common Email Providers <ul><li>Yahoo </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Gmail </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>MSN Hotmail </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>AOL </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is Email Used For? <ul><li>Email is used to communicate with family and friends in the same way letters are sent in the mail. </li></ul><ul><li>Email is used by many websites to communicate with users after creating an account (eBay, Amazon, MySpace etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Email is used on employment websites and by employers who want to communicate with a prospective employee </li></ul>
    6. 6. Don’t Be a Victim of Phishing <ul><li>Phishing is when con artists send fraudulent e-mail messages that appear to come from trusted Web sites. </li></ul><ul><li>They request that you provide personal information and then they use this information for their own financial gain. </li></ul><ul><li>There are basic clues that make it obvious an email is from a con artist. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Phishing Example <ul><li>Looks real but… </li></ul>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.
    8. 8. More on Phishing <ul><li>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! </li></ul><ul><li>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! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Creating an Email account Step 1: Choosing a Username & Password <ul><li>Usernames are unique to you – if someone else has chosen what you want you must choose another. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s important that you choose a secure password but it’s not difficult, just be creative. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Handout #2 </li></ul>.”
    10. 10. Creating an Email account Step 2: Sign up for your email address <ul><li>Go to the website and complete each section. </li></ul><ul><li>For the security questions, make sure you choose questions you will always answer the same way, including the same spelling. </li></ul>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.
    11. 11. The anatomy of an email address <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>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.
    12. 12. Sending an email <ul><li>Click on “New” in the upper left corner. </li></ul><ul><li>Enter an email address in the “To” field. (Email to more than one address by putting a comma in between). </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget all three parts of the address. For practice send an email to [email_address] as well as to another classmate in the room. </li></ul>.
    13. 13. Sending an email, cont. Add a subject line <ul><li>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. </li></ul>Meeting 9am Tues Meeting Request for parts to fix Jeep Request Opera tickets Tickets Good Subject Lines Bad Subject Lines
    14. 14. Sending an email, cont. Compose and Send Your Email <ul><li>In the main part you put your message in. For now, just put something in for practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you are done, make sure you have the email address typed correctly and then select “send” in the lower left corner. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Reading what’s in your inbox <ul><li>The Inbox shows how many new messages you have in parentheses. New messages are highlighted. </li></ul><ul><li>Select any message to read the content. When done select Inbox again to get back to your list. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Sending an attachment <ul><li>Follow the steps for composing an email, only before sending you will select “attach files”. </li></ul>Look for the paperclip
    17. 17. Sending an attachment, cont. <ul><li>This will take you to a directory that’s similar to what you get when you save documents -- it works the same way. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Most Important Things to Remember <ul><li>In order to check your email you must have: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Web address to your email provider ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>2. Your username </li></ul><ul><li>3. Your password </li></ul><ul><li>If needed, write down these three things on one piece of paper and keep it in a safe place for you to refer to. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get scammed!!!! Never reply to an email that asks for personal information like your checking account. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that when you share you email address you include all parts (yourusername at yourprovider dot com) </li></ul><ul><li>When you are done checking your email always logout! </li></ul>
    19. 19. Things to Practice <ul><li>Check your email from the very first step (open Internet Explorer) </li></ul><ul><li>Send an email by filling out all needed sections and hitting send. </li></ul><ul><li>Check your inbox and read any new mail. </li></ul><ul><li>Send an email to yourself with an attachment from a disk or jump drive. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Creative Commons License <ul><li>Written May, 2008 by Lisa Lindsay of Fresno County Public Library. </li></ul><ul><li>Template from a workshop created by N. Riesgraf for the Hibbing Public Library and revised by Kate Holmes of Jacksonville Public Library. </li></ul><ul><li>This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike Licensed. To view a copy of this license, visit </li></ul>