Electronic Mail, known as email is another example of how modern technology
has changed our lives.
Below is an explanation of some of the terms and components associated
Webmail is a method of accessing a mail server using a browser program
such as Internet Explorer. Webmail does not involve downloading messages
to your computer, it views the messages directly on the server This means
that you do not need an email program such as Microsoft Outlook to access
The downside of Webmail is that you Service Provider may limit the size
of storage space available for mail and if you do not delete your mail
regularly you may exceed your limit and then not be able to accept new
Also know as Junk Mail, SPAM is unsolicited advertising emails. Often
Junk Mail messages can contain viruses sent by malicious users.
Simple Message Transfer Protocol - This is protocol run to send email
messages. When configuring an email client program such as Microsoft Outlook,
part of the configuration for your mailbox is to enter the name of your
Service Provider's SMTP host. This is usually of the form mail.yourISP.com.
To find out what your SMTP server name should be contact your Internet
Post Office Protocol is a protocol used to receive email messages. Often
the POP Server name is the same as the SMTP server name, but they can
be different Contact your Internet Service Provier to find out which POP
Server you should be using for your email service.
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