In case you use a mailbox with your very own personal domain and not a third-party one, you’ll be able to make use of an email application such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail to check and administer your mailboxes. The benefit of using such apps is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email protocols that you can choose from when you configure 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 to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to leave a copy on the email server. With the second one, the email messages will be displayed locally at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the email account on multiple devices and access the email messages from any location. You’ll also be able to examine old email messages if there’s a problem with your Internet connectivity, which is an advantage over a web-based service.