If you use a mailbox with your very own personal domain name and not a 3rd-party one, you will be able to use an email software app such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail to check and administer your emails. The benefit of using such applications is that they also offer other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email retrieval protocols that you can select from when you set up the application of your preference to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all email messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – mobile or desktop, unless you decide to save a copy on the mail server. With the second one, the messages will be displayed at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the email account on multiple devices and view the messages from any place. You will also be able to view old email messages in case there’s an issue with your Internet connection, which is a huge advantage over a web-based service.