In case you use an email address with your own personal domain name and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to use an email software app such as Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird to check and administer your email accounts. The benefit of using such apps is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two different email retrieval protocols that you can choose from when you configure the app of your choice to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all email messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – mobile or desktop, unless you choose to save a copy on the email server. With the second protocol, the messages will be displayed locally 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 email messages from any location. You will also be able to access old email messages in case there’s an issue with your Internet service, which is a huge advantage over a web-based email service.