Create an E-Mail Account for eBay Use - dummies

By Marsha Collier

After you have access to the Internet, you need access to e-mail to be successful with eBay. If you have your own computer and an ISP, you probably have e-mail access automatically. But if you’re logging on to the Internet away from home, you might want to look into setting up a free e-mail provider.

Most ISPs will allow you to check your e-mail from their websites, but commonly, you’ll want to check your e-mail through another platform, perhaps Windows Live Mail which can be downloaded at essentials-home.

Google Gmail and Yahoo! Mail are popular web-based, free e-mail providers. (You also can forward your ISP mail to them.) They are free and secure, and signing up is a snap. They are a good choice because they have apps, which allow you to read your Gmail or Yahoo! Mail on your smartphone.

Some common sense rules can help you protect your account:

  • Select a password that’s difficult to guess. Use letter-and-number combinations or nonsensical words that nobody else knows. Don’t use common names or words relating to you (such as the name of your street).

  • Keep passwords secret. If someone asks for your password online, you can bet it’s a scam. Never give out your password.

  • Use two-step authentication when available. Gmail offers an option to authenticate any device that attempts to sign on to your account. After you set up this option (in Settings), Google will send a code to your smartphone each time you sign on from a new device or an updated browser. You type in this code, along with your password, to sign on.

  • Don’t open an e-mail with an attachment from an unknown person. The attachment (another file attached to your e-mail message) could contain a virus.

  • Don’t respond to spam e-mail. Spam is online slang for harassing, offensive, or useless-but-widely-distributed messages or advertisements. If you ignore and delete such junk without even opening it, the senders will probably just go look for somebody else to bother.