If you have an email account with your very own personal domain name and not a 3rd-party one, you’ll be able to make use of an email software application such as Apple Mail, Thunderbird or Outlook to check and administer your email messages. The benefit of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two email delivery protocols that you can choose from when you configure the app of your liking to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you decide to save a copy on the email server. With the second one, the email messages will be displayed at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the email account on numerous devices and view the email messages from any location. You’ll also be able to check old emails if there’s a problem with your Internet service, which is an immense advantage over web-based email services.