In case you have a mailbox with your own personal domain and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to make use of an email software app such as Apple Mail, Thunderbird or Outlook to check and administer your mailboxes. The benefit of using such applications is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two email protocols that you can choose from when you set up the application of your choosing to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all email messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – desktop or mobile, unless you choose to save a copy on the server. With the second one, the messages will be displayed locally at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and access the email messages from any place. You’ll also be able to examine old email messages in case there is an issue with your Internet access, which is a huge advantage over web-based services.