What's the difference between a mailbox and an e-mail address? A
mailbox can be compared to a letterbox:
Your e-mail address (sometimes called an alias) is the
address to which your mail is sent.
Your mailbox is the letterbox where your mail
A few examples:
All the residents of a house – mum, dad, son and daughter – use
the same letterbox. The person who opens the letterbox will
find mail for the whole family.
This is like having one mailbox with four different e-mail
addresses linked to it.
In an apartment building with four apartments, all the
residents have their own mailbox. Everyone receives their
own mail and have no access to the mail of another
This is like having four different mailboxes, each with its own
Should you get an extra e-mail address or an extra
If you have small children and want to control their e-mails, it's
better to add an extra e-mail
address to your existing mailbox. If you want your children to
have their own mailbox, add an
extra mailbox to your account.