If you use an email account with your own domain instead of a third-party one, you will be able to use an email application such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail to access and manage your emails. The advantage of using such apps is that they also offer other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two different email protocols that you can choose from when you set up the app of your liking to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – mobile or desktop, unless you decide to save a copy on the mail server. With the second protocol, the email messages will be displayed at your end, but they will remain on the server all the time, so you can set up the email account on numerous devices and see the messages from any place. You will also be able to access old email messages if there’s a predicament with your Internet access, which is a big advantage over web-based email services.