In case you use an email with your own personal domain instead of a 3rd-party one, you’ll be able to use an email software application such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Outlook to access and administer your email accounts. The advantage 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 choose from when you configure the application of your preference to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to leave 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 all the time, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and access the email messages from any place. You’ll also be able to see old email messages in case there’s an issue with your Internet service, which is a big advantage over a web-based service.