If you have a mailbox with your own domain instead of a 3rd-party one, you will be able to make use of an email software application such as Apple Mail, Thunderbird or Outlook to access and manage your emails. The benefit of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email protocols that you can choose from when you configure the app 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 choose to leave a copy on the server. With the second protocol, the 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 numerous devices and see the messages from any location. You will also be able to check old email messages if there is an issue with your Internet service, which is an immense advantage over web-based email services.