Web Awareness

Modes of Communication: E-mail

  • E-mail - By far the most popular means for people to communicate with each other. If you have an e-mail address you may send and receive messages from other people. Once you know a person's e-mail address, you can send her or him a message. That person can reply to your message.

  • Positives - E-mail is free, easy to use, and fast. Millions of people use it every day to stay in touch with each other and to share things such as electronic pictures of family members. Unlike a telephone, the person you want to reach doesn't have to be home. Whenever they check their e-mail they will see your message and then reply if they wish.

  • Negatives - Anyone can send you e-mail, junk mail (known as "spam"), a virus (a program hazardous to your computer), or disinformation (such as a fake contest winning notification, where you may be asked for valuable personal information, such as your bank account number).

  • Things Not to Do - Never reply to spam. Never try to view something in a message that looks like a program (it could be a virus). Never give your e-mail address to strangers (treat it like your telephone number).

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