Your email address was probably provided to you by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Your ISP may have given you a single address or, as is becoming common, multiple addresses to be shared by your entire family. When you log onto the Internet (through your ISP), your browser or other email software will automatically check to see if you have any incoming mail.
But this email address provided by your ISP (which we tend to think of as your primary address), need not be your only means of connecting with the world. Today, there are many services available on the Web where you can obtain a free email address, a secondary address to use when you wish to protect your privacy.
Passions in Poetry has compiled a list of many of those services. We don't recommend any one of these providers over any other, largely because we don't use them. Perhaps someone would like to start a new thread in one of our forums to share their experiences with free email. And, of course, if there's a service we've neglected to list, by all means email us and let us know about it. We'll be happy to add your favorites so all can be better served.