With people using computers for both entertainment and business, as of 2010, many computer companies are choosing to provide email services. According to Mark Brownlow of Email Marketing Reports, companies such as Yahoo, Microsoft and Google are leaders in these services. However, even these leaders sometimes don't make it clear to their customers exactly what email, or an email mailbox, is. This becomes problematic if you need to troubleshoot email mailbox problems.
An email mailbox is an email address that stores messages in an inbox, according to Plusnet. Technicians sometimes describe it as an electronic equivalent to a regular mailbox.
How Email Mailboxes Work
Email addresses contain the secrets to how email mailboxes work. They usually look something like this: firstname.lastname@example.org. Everything before the @ is the name of the mailbox. You name the mailbox when you set up your email address. Everything after the @ refers to your email service provider.
Your email service provider has a server on which they store data. This server is like a post office. Messages travel to this server over the Internet in the form of electronic data. The messages use the name of your service provider in the email address to locate the specific post office, or server, you use. The company server stores all the email messages you get from other people. Inside this "post office" are lots of separate post boxes, or inboxes. All of your messages are stored in the specific box that has only your name on it. When you go to your inbox on your computer, you ask the server to show you everything that they've stored for you.
Mailboxes and Aliases
An alias is another email address. It forwards everything in your original email inbox to another inbox. This is useful if you've created multiple email addresses but only want to log into one account to see all of your messages.
Although some providers charge for their email services because of all the bells and whistles they include, many providers don't charge you anything. It is environmentally friendly, since you don't need to use paper. It is much faster than traditional mail and accessible from more locations than regular mail. Lastly, email makes it very easy to conduct business online, since companies can use your email address to confirm orders and transactions.
Crooks and businesspeople sometimes send out spam, or junk email messages, which clutter your electronic mailbox. Some of these spam messages trick you into giving out personal data, such as bank account information, which puts you at risk for fraud and identity theft. Additionally, people who are particularly tech savvy may be able to take advantage of technological loopholes in order to access your messages if the server and your Internet connection aren't protected properly.
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