If you have an email address with your own domain and not a third-party one, you will be able to use an email app such as Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird to check and manage your mailboxes. The advantage of using such applications 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 application of your choice to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – mobile or desktop, unless you choose to keep 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 see the messages from any place. You’ll also be able to examine old emails in case there is a predicament with your Internet connectivity, which is a big advantage over web-based email services.