definition of

eMAIL  ADDRESS

"unique identification that provides electronic
communication access to an individual"

        An eMail address is the unique identification that provides access to an individual's electronic mailbox;  that access permits the mailbox owner to post electronic letters to other electronic addresses and also, that access permits the mailbox owner to receive electronic letters.

        Similarly as with surface mail, postal addresses, an eMail address is not simultaneously known to everyone, nor is an eMail address search engine accessible.  Electronic mailbox owners may choose to participate in various on-line directories or electronic phonebooks but also, eMail address owners may choose to remain unlisted and distribute their eMail address to only those individuals and companies they desire to communicate with.

         As with postal mail addresses, after releasing your eMail address to someone, that someone may in turn provide your eMail address to someone else, resulting in your receival of unsolicited advertising and or unwanted "junk" mail.  Unsolicited electronic advertising and distribution of eMail, is commonly referred to as "spam" mail and is subject to various laws that can result in prosecution, fines, and permanent discontinuance of an individual's eMail access.  It behooves all eMail address owners to respect other's rights and international authority, by not distributing unlawful material via eMail.

        An eMail address is NOT a website address and thus, an eMail address does NOT provide website function nor accessibility.  An eMail address cannot provide access to a web page or a website nor any other form of information or advertisement about the owner of the electronic mailbox.  For example, if you rent a surface mail post office box, that box does not provide any information about you to anyone who occasions to see your mailbox.  The only information the mailbox visitor sees, is your name and, because of the location of that post office box, they know your address, for instance:  Your Name, Box 101, Your Town.  A post office visitor canNOT see into your mail box, nor access whatever mail is contained therein.  Similarly, an electronic mailbox and the address associated therewith, reveals nothing more than your name and the location of your electronic mailbox.

        For example, if your eMail address is "yourname@HotMail.com", those who know your eMail address, would know that the physical location of your electronic mailbox, is on a computer in the United States of North America and, if your eMail address is "yourname@yourtown.com", then they who know your eMail address would know that the physical location of your electronic mailbox is on a computer in your town.  This information does not provide anyone else with access to your mailbox, nor any information about the mail you send or receive.

        Like as a surface mail address access consists of the address used on your correspondence, the mailbox where your mail is stored until you retrieve it, and the key that provides your access to that private mailbox, , each electronic address consists of an internationally unique address, an electronic mailbox, and an access code that permits only the mailbox owner to retrieve the mail stored therein or to send mail posted there from.

        The majority of eMail addresses are case INsensitive.  In other words, YOURNAME@isp.com, YourName@isp.com, and yourname@isp.com, all are the same eMail address and access the same electronic mailbox.  Some older eMail software programs and eMail providers yet in use, may insist on ALL lower case entry or reject the eMail address.  To avoid rejection, it is best to remember to key all eMail addresses in LOWER case:  "yourname@isp.com"

        Each eMail address consists of three elements: 

        The eMail address prefix may be anything you choose, so long as it is different from any prefix used by any other eMail address owner at the same eMail provider.  Some eMail providers may limit the quantity of characters the eMail prefix may contain and also, the kind of characters that the eMail prefix may include.  For example, most eMail address prefixes may NOT include such characters as colons ":", questions marks "?", exclamation marks "!", or brackets "()".

        The "@" (at) sign is an internationally recognized partition indicator between the prefix and suffix of your eMail address and, canNOT be substituted with or replaced by any other character.

        The eMail address suffix is determined by your eMail access provider.  If you have a free eMail account with www.HotMail.com, then your eMail suffix shall be "hotmail.com" and, if you have a website that includes an eMail address, your email suffix would be "yourname.com", etc..

        In fact, the electronic Mail box is an allotted section of an eMail server computer's hard-drive where your mail is stored until you retrieve it.  Like as surface mail post office boxes, all electronic mail boxes have specific size limitations and thus, it is possible to send an electronic parcel that is too large for the eMail box to receive and also, if your eMail is not retrieved for a specific length of time, it may be discarded.  These electronic mailbox specifics vary depending on the eMail service provider and usually, details are made available during sign-up procedures.

        The eMail boxes provided by Friendly Computer Services are configurable to the eMail owner's needs and specific technical details are available on request.  Some eMail configurations may be limited by the Friendly Computer Services hosting package and/or subject to additional fees.  Note: The SIZE of an eMail box does not limit the quantity of eMail you may receive but, only the volume of eMail that the box can contain.  Similarly as with a standard post office box being sufficient to contain many small envelopes or only a few large envelopes, , an eMail box that is 5 megabytes in size permits simultaneous storage of one eMail of 5 megabytes, or five eMails of 1 megabyte each and, based on the average eMail seldom requiring more than 25 kilobytes, a 5 megabyte eMail box is capable of containing two hundred average size eMails, simultaneously.  Keep in mind that 1,000 kilobytes equals approximately 1 megabyte and thus, 5 megabytes equals approximately 5,000 kilobytes.  Unless specifically configured, , electronic mailbox storage capacity is not expandable;  in other words, if your eMail box is full, any other eMails directed to your address, are automatically returned to the sender, thus rendering it critically expedient that you retrieve your eMail regularly, in accordance with the volume of eMail you receive, to prevent un-necessary offence and possibly total loss of mail and/or friends and/or important business contracts.

        All Friendly Computer Services hosted mailboxes are accessed via your choice of password of eight characters or more.  The characters may consist of alphabet or numeric characters and are case sensitive.  Friendly Computer Services eMail passwords may NOT contain spaces, hyphens, or extended keyboard characters.  For security, it is advised that the password you choose NOT consist of your name or address or telephone number or any portion thereof.