“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.

A simple step-by-step guide to help you create and send an 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