If you have a mailbox with your very own personal domain name and not a third-party one, you will be able to make use of an email application such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail to access and manage your email accounts. The benefit of using such apps 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 app of your choosing to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you decide to keep 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 check the messages from any place. You will also be able to see old email messages in case there’s a problem with your Internet access, which is an immense advantage over web-based services.