If you have an email address with your own personal domain name and not a 3rd-party one, you’ll be able to make use of an email application such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Outlook to access and administer your email messages. The advantage of using such apps 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 configure the app of your preference to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – mobile or desktop, unless you opt to leave 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 at all times, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and view the email messages from any place. You will also be able to examine old email messages if there’s an issue with your Internet connection, which is an immense advantage over a web-based service.