If you have an email with your very own personal domain instead of a 3rd-party one, you’ll be able to make use of an email application such as Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird to access and manage your email messages. The advantage of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two different email retrieval protocols that you can choose from when you configure the application of your choosing to access your email account – 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 save a copy on the server. With the second protocol, the email messages will be displayed locally at your end, but they will remain on the server at all times, so you can set up the account on multiple devices and access the email messages from any location. You will also be able to access old email messages if there’s an issue with your Internet access, which is a big advantage over web-based email services.