If you have a mailbox with your own domain instead of a 3rd-party one, you will be able to make use of an email application such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail to check and administer your email accounts. The benefit of using such apps is that they also offer other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two email retrieval 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 messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – mobile or desktop, unless you choose to leave a copy on the email server. With the second one, the email 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 numerous devices and access the email messages from any place. You’ll also be able to examine old emails if there’s a problem with your Internet connection, which is an immense advantage over a web-based email service.