Online Tips: Make Your Own Internet Address Book

Make your own internet address book; read for some suggestions.

If you have ever experienced a computer crash, you will already know why an internet address book is important. But for those of you who haven't yet begun to keep internet address records, following the steps in this article will save you countless time, tears, and anger should your computer ever crash.

Just think of all the email and site addresses that are stored on your computer: friends, relatives, businesses, user names, passwords, bookmarked favorites - the list is endless. It is so easy to take your computer's memory for granted until that day comes when lightning or a virus strikes or the power supply is interrupted causing a massive outflow of information never to be recovered. It is essential to keep paper back-up records of this vital information by creating an inexpensive internet address book so that your web information will always be safe and handy for re-entry onto your computer. Just as you have a telephone address book, an internet address book is essential to your records.

While most telephone address books are small and compact, the internet address book requires more space for information for a variety of reasons. Many people have multiple email addresses and web sites have long titles. When I went shopping for a large address book, I found that they were rare indeed and also quite expensive simply because the name "internet" was attached to the item and an address line had been added for an email. I looked in a few bookstores and department stores for one only to find them to be at least eighteen dollars and higher - yet the space for information was still very limited. I knew there had to be a better and less expensive solution.

My easy solution was this: index cards. I purchased a small metal card file, two packs of colored index 3" x 5" cards (hot pink and hot blue - 100 each pack), and a package of alphabetized index card separators. The entire cost to me was under seven dollars. I didn't want a plain box (but saw no need to buy a fancy one) so I decorated my simple gray box with some leftover white contact paper that I had used inside my kitchen cabinets and then I added a few graphics over the top of that. You might choose pictures of family for your own decorations.

I used the pink cards for emails and the blue cards for site addresses. Because the cards gave me adequate space to write, I also made notes on each citing further information about the addresses such as user names and passwords for secure sites or the street addresses, phone numbers, and birthdays of relatives. Then, I filed the cards in alphabetical order, some according to subject and some according to name. Most of my subject cards have multiple site addresses which saves space in my file box. And now, every time I go to a site or receive an email from someone new, I reach out to the small file box on my desk, pull out a fresh card or one of my subject cards, write all pertinent information about the address on it, and file it immediately.

While I learned this easy file system the hard way, by experiencing my own computer crash, don't let yourself be caught in a similar situation without back-up records. My mind is always at ease now because I learned to keep records of the many places I visit on the internet and I'll never lose another email address again. Integrate this practice into your surfing hours and believe me, you'll thank me AND yourself should your computer ever crash.

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