If you use an email address with your own domain name instead of a third-party one, you will be able to use an email software application such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail to access and administer your email accounts. The benefit of using such apps is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email protocols that you can select from when you set up the app of your choice to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all email messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to leave a copy on the email server. With the second protocol, the messages will be displayed locally at your end, but they will remain on the server all the time, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and view the email messages from any location. You’ll also be able to see old email messages if there’s a predicament with your Internet connectivity, which is an advantage over a web-based service.