In case you have a mailbox with your own personal domain instead of a 3rd-party one, you will be able to make use of an email software application such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail to access and manage your email accounts. The benefit of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two different email delivery protocols that you can select from when you configure the application of your choice to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all email messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to keep a copy on the email 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 multiple devices and see the messages from any location. You will also be able to access old email messages in case there’s a predicament with your Internet connection, which is an enormous advantage over web-based services.