In case you use an email with your very own personal domain name instead of a 3rd-party one, you will be able to use an email software application such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail to access 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 different email delivery protocols that you can select from when you configure the app of your preference to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – desktop or mobile, unless you decide to save a copy on the mail server. With the second protocol, the email messages will be displayed at your end, but they will remain on the server at all times, so you can set up the email account on multiple devices and view the messages from any place. You will also be able to examine old emails if there’s a predicament with your Internet access, which is an enormous advantage over web-based email services.