There are two main ways that people access their e-mail; via
an Internet e-mail application on their computer, or through a Web-based
e-mail interface on the World Wide Web.
Getting an e-mail account
Most of the time, when you subscribe to Internet access with
an Internet Service Provider (ISP), you will
also get an e-mail account. This gives you an e-mail "address",
to which people can send you e-mail, as well as an e-mail "mailbox"
on the ISP servers, where your mail is stored until you download it
to your computer.
Sometimes, you need to access your e-mail when away from your
computer. Web-based e-mail access allows you to read e-mail, send
messages, and manage your mail folders from any computer by logging
onto a Web site. Many ISPs provide their subscribers with Web access
to their e-mail.
Another very popular type of e-mail account is the
free Web-based e-mail service, such as Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail. These
sites offer users a free e-mail address and Web-based access to it,
with the bill footed by the advertisers who pay for ads to be shown
on the Web page.