If you use an email account with your own domain and not a third-party one, you will be able to use an email software app such as Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird to access and administer 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 email delivery protocols that you can select from when you set up the application of your choosing to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all email messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – mobile or desktop, unless you decide to leave a copy on the mail server. With the second one, the messages will be displayed at your end, but they will stay on the server all the time, so you can set up the email account on multiple devices and check the email messages from any place. You will also be able to examine old emails if there is a predicament with your Internet access, which is an advantage over web-based services.