If you use an email account with your own domain name instead of a third-party one, you will be able to make use of an email software application such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail to check and administer your mailboxes. The advantage of using such apps is that they also offer other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two email retrieval protocols that you can choose from when you set up the application of your preference to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all email messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – mobile or desktop, unless you choose to save a copy on the server. With the second protocol, the messages will be displayed at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and check the messages from any place. You will also be able to check old email messages in case there’s a problem with your Internet connectivity, which is a huge advantage over a web-based service.