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Everyone has an Email address, and most services are free. Gmail, Yahoo(Rogers), Bell, Apple, all provide free email services. There are also “upgrades”, such as personalized addresses, available for a fee. Most have no limits to how many messages you can store, though you really should do some house cleaning to get rid of clutter. Organizing messages into separate folders, just like filing cabinets at home, is a great practice to help keep emails under control. You can also set up filters to block spam mail.

Sending multiple Emails

If you are into sending messages to mailing lists, you may run into some limitations, depending on the size of your list. On blocks of say 100 addresses, you may get tagged as a “spammer” … that means you may be “gray listed” by your provider … not good! Then you will have to consider using a service like MailChimp.

In communicating with Email, keep the thread to one subject. If you want to talk about another issue, start a new thread. The search feature is very useful for finding a stored email. Filter by Sender, Subject, or a Word that occurs in the body of the message.

Security is a big problem with email. Spammers are very clever sending out messages that look like a legitimate organization, but are in fact trying to get personal info from you. If you suspect that an email is spam, don’t open it! Technically, you can view the headers of a message to reveal the real sender. Your Bank and the CRA will not be sending you emails. A good choice on Macs for detecting bad emails is SpamSieve - one time licence about $30.00

Applications to view your messages are plentiful. I am personally satisfied with the email app that comes with the Apple Operating System. Although I have several email addresses, I have them all forwarded into my .mac account so that I only have to keep track of one mailbox. Using filters and rules, emails can be directed to separate folders. Whatever email provider you use, you can generally forward them into macMail or Outlook, or you can access your mail with your Browser, as with Gmail. If you need to change your provider, you will likely lose your old address, so plan ahead.