For many people, email makes computers worthwhile. No need to bother rummaging for a pen, stamp, envelope, or mailbox. Just compose, click, and you're done.
Sending and receiving email requires an email program, where you type your letters and send them off to your recipients, and an email address and password, which you get from your Internet Service Provider (ISP), the money grabbers described in the previous chapter.
This chapter shows you how to pick an email program, tell it what your address and password are, and how to send and receive email using that addressor even several addresses. And if, by chance, you don't yet have an email account, a relationship with an ISP, or even a computer, you'll learn about Web-based email services, like Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail, which let you send and receive email from any PC you visit.