Anyone with an Internet connection and an Internet-ready device may sign up for a new Gmail account by going to the Gmail sign up page and selecting the "Create an account" option just below the log-in box. The page redirects to the Google Account website where the user needs to enter log-in details such as a user name, a password and other personal information.
Google allows Internet users to create multiple Gmail accounts for personal and professional use. The site also allows secondary Gmail account holders to use the new account to access an existing Google account. A single Gmail account is enough to access other Google-run websites, including YouTube, Google Plus, Google Drive, Google Voice and Google Apps.
For security purposes, Google encourages the user to submit a phone number where the site may send a verification code. The site also allows users to choose security questions only the account holder knows. This provides protection from account hacks and prevents security breaches. Gmail occasionally verifies the phone number or the security question to ensure that the account has not been compromised. Aside from the standard personal information, Google lets the user upload a personal picture to Google Plus, which, once uploaded, appears across other Google platforms as the user's unique identification.