• Yahoo. Yahoo email accounts can be signed up for at www.yahoo.com. Underneath the box that asks for log-in details there is an option to sign up for a new account. Users are required to fill out minimal personal details in order to gain access to an email address.
• Gmail. Available at gmail.google.com, signing up is a similar process to Yahoo. Users can choose between a .co.uk or .com address and have the option to use @googlemail or @gmail, both will work. The 'Create an Account' button will take users to the signing up page where they will be required to fill out a short form.
• Hotmail. Possibly the most popular email address provider, Hotmail email addresses can be accessed at www.hotmail.com. In-boxes can be upgraded at a charge but the vast amount of space available for free is enough for most.
Any of the leading email address providers above, among many others, will allow users to create a free, valid email address for future use. When required, activation codes and links can be sent to this address for validation to gain successful access to other websites.