E-mail, or electronic mail, is simply a communication sent digitally, from your account to another. Designed to allow speedy private, or group, communications, you can set up an email address with an online Cloud provider such as Outlook or Google Gmail which is password protected – only you can access your emails.

They’re important to have for professional and academic communication – for example, when applying for jobs or university – and are particularly useful for sending files and attachments. However, they can be easily targeted by hackers, and can be a way for criminals to steal your identity. Email accounts are also used to carry out scams and spread viruses and a whole bunch of malware, so it’s important to only open emails from recognised senders and keep your account secure.

To find out more about using email safely, please click here

The Yeovil College e-safety page has a wide range of resources which can help you stay safe online. To find out more, go to the Digital Literacies link in the Campus Drop Down Menu on Moodle, and clickE-Safety.

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