By John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young

Part of The Internet For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Don’t use the mailbox that comes with your Internet connection, because if you change Internet providers you’ll lose your email address. Instead, sign up for a free mailbox with one of these webmail services:

  • Gmail is Google’s mail service. You also get a free Google ID that you can use for an online calendar and other services.

  • Yahoo Mail also gives you access to Yahoo’s other services, like their Flickr photo-sharing site.

  • Outlook.com is Microsoft’s mail site, the new version of Hotmail. You can use your Microsoft account for other services, like OneDrive, where you can store files online.