In case you have a mailbox with your very own personal domain and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to make use of an email software app such as Apple Mail, Thunderbird or Outlook to access and manage your email messages. The advantage of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two email protocols that you can choose from when you set up the application of your choosing to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all email messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – desktop or mobile, unless you decide to store a copy on the server. With the second protocol, the email messages will be displayed at your end, but they will stay 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 email messages if there is a predicament with your Internet connectivity, which is an immense advantage over a web-based email service.