Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Create an AOL account

AOL is a web portal and online service provider. Since its early pioneering days in the 1990’s, AOL has been one of the most recognized web brands in the United States. Originally it provided dial-up service, web portal, e-mail and instant messaging. Nowadays, AOL invests in media brands and advertising technologies, having mobile ad-tech capabilities.

AOL email

If you want to create an AOL email account, things are straightforward and simple. You will get unlimited storage, 25 MB of photo and video attachments, advanced spam filters and virus protection. You’ll also be able to connect to your inbox everywhere, on your laptop or your mobile devices.

    Create a new AOL account
  • The first step in order to create an AOL account is to open a new browser window and go to the AOL mail sign-up homepage, here: .
  • Write your name in the corresponding “First Name” and “Last Name” (surname) fields.
  • Pick a username for your email address. AOL will suggest several combinations of the first name and last name your provided at step 1, but you can write another, if that’s what you wish. The only rule is to pick a username that is unique, as this will be part of the email address of your AOL account. The domain of your email address will be
  • Create a password and write it in the corresponding field. The main rule you need to respect is regarding the length of the password: AOL email passwords need to be between 8-16 characters long. AOL passwords are case sensitive and you can include special characters. On the right side of the “password” field will you can see a “Password strength” meter.
  • Confirm the password chosen. If the passwords do not match, you will be prompted to write it again.
  • Enter your date of birth in the corresponding fields. To enter the month, you will go to a drop-down menu and select it. After that you need to write the day (dd) and year (yyyy). To create an AOL account, you need to be at least 13 years old.
  • Select a gender. This field is mandatory. Apparently, AOL needs this information to tailor the news stories that appear on your AOL homepage.
  • Enter your ZIP code. Please enter a valid zip or postal code in the corresponding field. This will be used for the weather app and local stories in your newsfeed.
  • Next, you need to set a security question. From the drop-down menu, select a security question. This step is mandatory, and you will use this security question to recover your account, in case you ever forget your password.

     You can select from these six security questions:

     What was your childhood nickname?What was the name of your first pet?
      What was the first concert you saw?
      What was your favorite childhood book?
      What was the name of your first school?
      In which city did your parents meet?

      In the box below, write the answer to the security question you chose.

  • Mobile phone: You will use your mobile phone to help verify your identity when you're having difficulties logging in. This step used to be optional, but now you are required to enter a valid mobile phone number.
  • Alternate email. You can include a second email account as your alternate address. This can also be used to verify your identity or if you ever lose your password. This step is optional.
  • CAPTCHA test. AOL will need to verify that you are a person, so you’ll have to pass a captcha test. You will see an image with letters and numbers and you need to write the corresponding symbols in the field below. If you don’t see the image or the characters are not clear, you have the option of requesting a new captcha or the audio version, by pressing on the New and Audio buttons. Please enter the characters in the image without any spaces between them.

  • After you completed the entire form, click on the “Sign Up” button. Congratulations. You have just created your free AOL account!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Create a Gmail account

Gmail is an email service developed by Google, released in 2009, becoming fast one of the world's most popular email programs. It can be accessed on the web and using third-party programs (through POP or IMAP protocols). Gmail offers you 15 GB of storage space. You can receive emails with a size of up to 50 MB, and you can send emails of up to 25 MB.

Gmail logo

Gmail has a search-oriented interface and a "conversation view" similar to an Internet forum, but you can change this by opening your Gmail email address from Inbox by Google, which aims to improve email productivity and organization through several key features. It has more than 1.2 billion users, and was the first app on the Google Play store to hit one billion installations. It’s very easy to create a Gmail account, and you’ll have many advantages.

Basically, you’re creating a Google account, and getting access to all of Google’s services. These are the steps you need to follow in order to create a Gmail account.

Create a new Gmail account - step-by-step

Open a new window in your browser and open: . You will be prompted to the log in page for your Google account. You need to click on “More options”. You will be given two options: “Create account” and “Not your device?”. Click on “Create account” and you’ll be taken to the sign-up page. Alternatively, you can simply go to: .
Create a Gmail account
  • Name: write your first name and last name (or surname) in the corresponding fields.  
  • Choose your username: Choose your preferred username. You can use letters, numbers and symbols. Google will not offer valid suggestions based on the first name and last name you provided. The domain will be “”. if the username you choose is already in use, you will get the message “Someone already has that username. Note that we ignore periods and capitalization in usernames. Try another?”.  
  • Now you need to create a password. You must use at least 8 characters. Google recommends that you don’t use a password from another site, or something too obvious like your pet’s name.  In the field below, you need to confirm your password.  
  • Birthday: Select your birth month from the drop-down list, then write the day and year of your birth in the corresponding fields.  
  • Gender: Select your gender from the drop-down list. Google offers four options for this: Male, Female, Other and Rather not say. You can't leave the field empty, but you can choose the option of not disclosing your gender.  
  • Mobile phone: Write your mobile number in the field request. The country prefix will be pre-completed for you.  
  • Your current email address – Google will use this to secure your account and to send notifications. Write the information in the corresponding field. 
  •  Location – this field will be auto-completed by Google, but you can also choose your country of residence from the drop-down list. After you wrote all the information requested in the sign-up form, click on “Next”. A message with Google’s Privacy & Terms of conditions will appear on your screen. Read the text carefully, then click on “I agree”.  

Congratulations! You just created your Gmail account. A screen with a welcome message will appear! Click on “Continue” and you will be taken to your Account page. From here you can personalize your account, modify your privacy settings, and so much more!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Create a Yahoo Mail account

Yahoo Mail is an email service with a long tradition behind it. It was launched more than 20 years ago, in 1997, by Yahoo!, and has 3 plans (free, pro and business) and more than 200 million users, which makes it the third most popular email service in the world

A free Yahoo account will offer you 1000 GB (1 TB) of free storage, spam and virus protection, tools such as Calendar, Notepad, Contacts, Instant Messages, and Search, filters for incoming messages, an inactivity expiration date of 12 months (attention, once they have been deleted, accounts and their stored content cannot be retrieved) and a 25MB limit for attachments. It can be opened either on web, or through the free mobile application.

New Yahoo mail

If you want to create a Yahoo account, these are the steps you need to follow.

New Yahoo Mail account

  1. Open a new window in your computer/mobile phone browser, and go to one of these addresses: or (this second link will redirect you to the login page).
  2. In the right side of the web page, will see a white area called “Sign in”. In the bottom side of this area you will find the text “Don’t have an account? Sign up”. Click on “sign up”.
    Create new Yahoo account
  3. On the sign up page, complete the information requested in the corresponding fields. First, you need to write your first name and your surname (last name). Then, you can set your email address username.
  4. When you click on the “Email address” field, Yahoo will provide you with some available username suggestions. These will be formed from different combinations of the first name and surname you provided. You cannot choose a new domain for your email address. This will be set automatically according to the domain of the homepage (.com, etc.).
  5. In the next field, you must set your password. Yahoo does not force you to use more than 1 type of characters (a combination of letters and numbers, for example), but it does test the strength of your password and requires you to set a stronger one, if the one you wrote is too easy to guess. If you want a password that you can remember easily, but is difficult to break, try a sequence of words.
    New Yahoo Mail form
  6. After you set your password, you need to enter a mobile number. This step is mandatory in order to create a Yahoo account and you cannot proceed without entering a valid number. You will use it in order to recover your account (in case you ever lose your password and forget the answer to the security question) further on.
  7. After you entered your mobile number, you need to write your birth date and gender (the last one is optional).
  8. After you completed all the requested fields in the form, read the Terms and Conditions and press on Continue.
  9. On the next page, you are informed that you will receive an Account Key, to verify that you are the owner of the phone number you provided. You can click on “Text me and Account Key”, which will prompt Yahoo to text a code to your mobile number. If you do not want/are able to receive a text message (SMS), click on “Call me with an Account Key”, and you’ll receive a call with the code.
    Yahoo mail verification
  10. Write the 5-digit code received by call or SMS into the corresponding field (this will be in the middle of the screen), then click on “Verify”.
Congratulations! You have just created your Yahoo account, which you can now customize to your liking, by clicking on “Let’s get started”.

Create a Hotmail account

Hotmail is one of the best free online email services out there. Founded in 1996 as the first free email service in the world, Hotmail was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 and since renamed as It offers great features such as: calendars, tasks, message filters, spam filtering, auto-completion of contact addresses, contacts import and export, virus scans, rich text formatting and signatures, and many more.

It is very easy to create a new Hotmail account. You just have to follow these steps:

1: In your computer browser, go to the address and click on Create account. You can see this option in the top right side of the screen.

2: You will be provided with two fields and asked to set a new email address and a password.

The email address will consist of the username of your choice and the domain. In the first field, you will write the username, which needs to be unique. In the right side of the username box, you will see a dropdown list, from where you can choose the domain of your email. You have two possible choices: and

Create a Hotmail account

In the field below, set your password of choice. The password will need to be at least eight characters long and contain at least two of the following: upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Try to set a password that it is difficult enough, but which you can remember easily. Do not use a password that you have already used on other accounts, since this is how most accounts are usually hacked.

If you want, you can tick the box below, confirming that you want to receive promotional emails from Microsoft, but this is not a mandatory step. So if you don’t want to receive any promotions, leave the box unchecked. After this, click on Next.

3: Add details: on the next page, write your first name and surname (last name) in the fields provided and click on Next.

Fill all details

4: Click on the Country/region drop-down list and click on your current location. In the Date of birth section, click the Month, Day and Year boxes and select the date on which you were born. 

Afterwards, click on Next.

At this point, if the password you had set at step 2 is considered by the system as too easy or too commonly used, the setup process will return there, and you will have to set a new password and repeat steps 3 and 4.

4. The final step of creating a new Hotmail account is the CAPTCHA test. This is where you need to prove that you are a real person. You will be provided with an image featuring two short strings of letters and numbers, which you will have to transcribe in a field below the image. If needed, you have the option of requesting a new captcha or the audio version, by pressing on the New and Audio buttons. After this, you need to press on Next.

After you submitted the correct answer, you will be directed to your new Hotmail account inbox. You will be required to confirm your time zone (Hotmail will most likely set it for you) manually and customize to your liking the new free Hotmail account you created.

Create an AOL account

AOL is a web portal and online service provider . Since its early pioneering days in the 1990’s, AOL has been one of the most recognized web...