If you have a mailbox with your own domain name and not a 3rd-party one, you’ll be able to use an email software application such as Apple Mail, Outlook or Thunderbird to access and administer your email accounts. The advantage of using such applications is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two email protocols that you can select from when you set up the application of your preference to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – mobile or desktop, unless you opt to keep a copy on the mail server. With the second one, the email messages will be displayed locally 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 see the messages from any location. You will also be able to examine old emails in case there’s a problem with your Internet access, which is a huge advantage over a web-based email service.