In case you use an email address with your own personal domain and not a third-party one, you’ll be able to use an email software app such as Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird to check and administer your mailboxes. The benefit of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email retrieval protocols that you can select from when you set up the application of your choosing to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – mobile or desktop, unless you decide to leave a copy on the email server. With the second one, 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 access the email messages from any place. You’ll also be able to view old emails if there’s a predicament with your Internet service, which is an advantage over a web-based email service.