If you use an email address with your own domain instead of a 3rd-party one, you’ll be able to make use of an email software app such as Apple Mail, Outlook or Thunderbird to check and administer your email messages. The advantage of using such apps is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email retrieval protocols that you can select from when you configure 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 – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to keep a copy on the email server. With the second one, the messages will be displayed at your end, but they will remain on the server all the time, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and view the messages from any location. You’ll also be able to access old emails if there is an issue with your Internet service, which is a big advantage over a web-based email service.