In case you use a mailbox with your own personal domain name instead of a third-party one, you’ll be able to use an email software application such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Outlook to access and administer your emails. The benefit of using such applications is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two email protocols that you can select from when you set up the application of your choosing 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 store a copy on the mail server. With the second one, the email messages will be displayed at your end, but they will remain on the server at all times, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and access the messages from any place. You will also be able to see old email messages if there’s an issue with your Internet access, which is an advantage over a web-based service.