In case you use an email account with your own domain and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to use an email application such as Apple Mail, Outlook or Thunderbird 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 different email retrieval protocols that you can select from when you configure the app of your liking to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to keep a copy on the email 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 multiple devices and view the messages from any location. You will also be able to check old emails if there is a predicament with your Internet service, which is an enormous advantage over web-based services.