If you use an email address with your very own personal domain name and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to use an email app such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail 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 retrieval protocols that you can select from when you set up the application of your choosing to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all email messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to leave a copy on the server. With the second one, the messages will be displayed at your end, but they will remain on the server at all times, so you can set up the email account on multiple devices and check the email messages from any place. You will also be able to examine old emails in case there is a problem with your Internet connectivity, which is a huge advantage over a web-based service.