In case you have an email address with your very own personal domain name and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to make use of an email app such as Apple Mail, Thunderbird or Outlook to access and administer your email messages. The advantage of using such applications is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two email retrieval protocols that you can select from when you set up the application of your choosing 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 decide to keep a copy on the email server. With the second one, the email messages will be displayed 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 see the messages from any place. You will also be able to examine old email messages if there is a problem with your Internet service, which is an advantage over a web-based service.