If you have a mailbox with your own domain name and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to make use of an email software app such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Outlook to check and administer your mailboxes. The advantage of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email retrieval protocols that you can select from when you configure the application of your choice to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all email messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – desktop or mobile, unless you decide to save a copy on the server. With the second protocol, the messages will be displayed locally at your end, but they will stay on the server all the time, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and check the messages from any place. You will also be able to examine old emails if there is a problem with your Internet service, which is a huge advantage over web-based services.