In case you have an email address with your own personal domain and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to use an email software app such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail to access and manage your email messages. The advantage of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two different email retrieval protocols that you can choose from when you configure the application of your preference to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to leave a copy on the email server. With the second protocol, 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 account on numerous devices and check the messages from any place. You will also be able to access old emails in case there’s a predicament with your Internet connection, which is a huge advantage over a web-based email service.