A reader wants help getting a new email address.

“I was hoping for a new email address. I’m sharing this computer with my son-in-law who has Century Link as his ISP. I don’t know how to get a new email going by using Century Link, can you help? Or is this going to interfere with his email using that ISP?”

My suggestion would be to skip Century Link and get a free email address from one of the major email providers. That way you can keep that email address should your or your son-in-law switch ISPs.  You’ll be able to access your email either by opening a browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome or if there’s an email client installed on the PC, just add your new account.

Let’s look at how simple it is to add an account at Gmail.com. Just open a browser like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Edge, or Firefox and got to Gmail.com. Or click here.

You’ll be offered the choice to sign in, but you’ll want to click More options.


You might also see this screen:


Choose Create account.


Enter your name. Then pick an email (username) address and your password. Take note of the username and password. You’ll need this information to log into your account.


They also want gender, date of birth, a phone number, and an additional email address to contact you at. You aren’t required to enter the mobile phone number, but it can come in handy for security issues.


Then you have to agree to Google’s terms of use.


That’s all there is to it.  You can open your new inbox right away.


And now you add that email address to an email client program. You can access this email address from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.

I hope that makes sense. If it doesn’t, let me know and I’ll be glad to help you.