Opening an online account – PC/Mac/Tablet/Phone

Opening an online account – PC/Mac/Tablet/Phone

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Advantages of knowing this:

Online shopping is faster than traveling to the store, and you usually get a better price online. Opening an account makes the online buying process easier, because you only have to enter your information once and the site saves it securely for future use. We will use Amazon.com as an example to show you how to set up an account: most sites will be similar.

How do you do this?

1. Go to the internet and write Amazon.com in the address bar or the name of the company you want to open an account in. Screen shot 2013-05-13 at 10.20.55 AM

2. Place your mouse over the button that says ‘Hello, Sign in Your Account’.  When the drop-down menu appears, click on the link that says ‘Start here.’, located under the Sign in button.amazon_new_account_1

3.  The registration screen for creating an account will always require you to supply a name (some sites call it a user ID), your email address, and a password, as shown in the Amazon example below.

The tricky part about creating an account is creating a password, because you will have to remember it, but you don’t want someone else to figure it out. Avoid your children’s or pet’s names. Choose a password that combines letters and numbers, is about 8 characters long, and will not be obvious to others. Write it down right away, together with the accompanying user ID. Having a little password book that does not say ‘Password Book’ on it is a good idea. Mark the date each time you make a change, so you know which password is current. For security reasons, It is a good idea to change your password every few months.

If you lose the password, you can always click on “forgot my password,” and the company will send you an email so you can change the password. Remember to write the new one down and note the date.

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4. Once you have filled in the required fields, click on Create Account.

Once you have an account, you can buy anything Amazon has to offer, which is everything from books to electronics and more. For us ‘Baby Boomers’ this is a great site to buy many of our gadgets, accessories and gifts. Whenever you see writing in blue, like below,  place your mouse over the words and click. You will be taken straight to the website. Give it a try and explore. It will ask for your e-mail and password to sign in so please write down your password!

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