“I’m now an avid emailer.  Thankfully, it’s much easier than I thought it would be and I love the fact that I can send and receive messages at the touch of a button.  It makes staying in touch incredibly easy.”

Envelope and @ signThe very first email or "electronic mail" was sent in 1971, by a computer programmer in Massachusetts. It has revolutionised the way that we communicate with each other.  Never has it been so easy or instant to send a message across the world.  Our straightforward guides will take you from getting your own email account right through to emailing photos and birthday cards to friends and family – wherever they might be.

Back to basics: what an email is anyway…

An explanation of this popular, digital way of meeting people online.

An easy-to-read explanation of this very popular form of e-communication.

Simple steps to keeping your personal information safe, avoiding scams and spam when using email.

Here are the options and an overview of the process involved.

An explanation of this much-used term.

A guide to sending greetings cards and messages through email.

Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to secure sensitive information, such as personal identity and credit card details, while masquerading as a legitimate operation or individual.

A comprehensive range of guides to help you set up and use a Gmail account 

A range of guides to setting up and using Windows Live mail