In case you use an email account with your own personal domain name and not a third-party one, you will be able to use an email software application such as Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird to check and administer your email accounts. The benefit of using such applications is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two email retrieval protocols that you can select from when you set up the application of your liking to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to save a copy on the server. With the second one, the messages will be displayed at your end, but they will remain on the server all the time, so you can set up the email account on numerous devices and view the messages from any place. You’ll also be able to see old emails in case there is an issue with your Internet access, which is an enormous advantage over web-based email services.