In case you have an email account with your own domain and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to use an email software application such as Apple Mail, Outlook or Thunderbird to access and manage your emails. 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 protocols that you can choose from when you configure the app of your choice to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all email messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you decide to keep a copy on the email server. With the second one, 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 numerous devices and see the email messages from any place. You will also be able to see old emails in case there’s a predicament with your Internet connectivity, which is an enormous advantage over web-based email services.