In case you use an email account with your own personal domain name instead of a 3rd-party one, you will be able to make use of an email software app such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Outlook to access and manage your emails. The benefit of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two email retrieval protocols that you can choose from when you configure the application of your preference to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – desktop or mobile, unless you choose to store a copy on the server. With the second one, the 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 multiple devices and see the email messages from any location. You will also be able to view old email messages in case there’s an issue with your Internet connection, which is an enormous advantage over a web-based service.