If you have an email with your very own personal domain instead of a third-party one, you will be able to use an email software app such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail to check and administer your mailboxes. The benefit of using such applications is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two email retrieval protocols that you can choose from when you configure the app 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 decide to store a copy on the email server. With the second one, the messages will be displayed locally at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the account on multiple devices and see the email messages from any place. You’ll also be able to see old email messages if there’s a problem with your Internet service, which is a huge advantage over a web-based service.