If you have an email address with your very 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, Outlook or Apple Mail to check and administer your email messages. The advantage of using such apps 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 configure the application of your liking to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all email messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – mobile or desktop, unless you choose 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 account on numerous devices and check the email messages from any place. You’ll also be able to access old email messages in case there is an issue with your Internet service, which is an immense advantage over web-based email services.