Three Parts of an E-mail Address

Your e-mail address has three parts.

The first part is your username.  You set up the username with your Internet provider or e-mail service.  It might be a form of your name.  It might be a nickname.  If you are an antique collector, your username might be antiquefan.  It is at this point that your provider or service makes sure no one else on their system already has that name.

 

The second part of your e-mail address is the @ (at) symbol. 

 

That divides the username from the third part, which is the name of the computer that handles your mail.  The computer is also called a server.  Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or e-mail service has a particular name for their server - like aol.com for America Online or yahoo.com for those who go through the Yahoo service.  Hotmail.com is an example of a free web-based e-mail service.

 

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