E-MAIL

Meaning of Email

E-mail is one of the most important and widely used services on the Internet. E-mails can be used to deliver text messages, documents, images or other files around the world within seconds – postage-free.

  • Many large and small companies offer so-called freemail services and compete for the favor of users.
  • If the free e-mail address is to be used every day, it is worth taking a closer look at the available offers.
  • Under certain circumstances, data stored in the e-mail inbox can also be lost.

Free email providers

Setting up a free email address is not difficult. Many large and small companies offer so-called freemail services and compete for the favor of users. Most providers finance themselves through advertising that is displayed both in the user interfaces and in the emails themselves. In addition, there are additional services that are subject to a charge and that are intended to be made more palatable to users by means of the free freemail offer. If you only want to send a short message every now and then and just want to be reachable by e-mail, you can opt for a freemail service such as Web.de, GMX, Windows Live, Gmail, Yahoo or AOL without doing any further research.

Storage space and file size

If the free e-mail address is to be used every day, it is worth taking a closer look at the available offers. First of all, it is important that the provider gives the e-mail account plenty of storage space, otherwise the inbox has to be constantly cleared out. The freemail providers usually also have a limit on the file sizes that can be sent via email. Anyone who frequently wants to send large files such as pictures or videos should pay attention to this maximum size for file attachments.

Practically all freemail providers offer satisfactory spam and virus protection. However, there are also differences when it comes to security. Some providers do not offer a secure connection when sending e-mails, others are accused of evaluating the content of e-mails for advertising purposes. One shortcoming of web-based services: security gaps cannot be completely ruled out when using them. Data misuse by third parties is theoretically possible, for example if the user’s system is infected with a Trojan horse.

Under no circumstances should users forget to log out of their mailbox – especially if they are not accessing emails and files from their own PC. Basically, you should be aware that errors can also occur on the provider’s servers. Under certain circumstances, data stored in the e-mail inbox could also be lost.

As a rule, one is happy about e-mails: friends send greetings, or one is informed about exciting news. But if there are 30 emails in the morning, or if the laptop reports the receipt of a message every minute, many people lose not only the overview but also their attention. Stress is quickly the result of this. However, the flood of information not only from the mailbox, but from the Internet in general, can be managed – through selection and restriction.

Sort and select information

What does that mean – first of all in relation to the mailbox? Not every newsletter has to be read immediately, not every email should be answered immediately, says Michael Ziegelmayer from the Professional Association of German Psychologists (BDP) in Berlin. It is better to organize the information. For this purpose, users can create subfolders in which they can sort emails according to urgency so that they can later look through them. “In this way, the important is differentiated from the less important”.

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