If you have a mailbox with your very own personal domain name instead of a third-party one, you will be able to use an email application such as Apple Mail, Outlook or Thunderbird to access and manage your email accounts. The benefit of using such applications is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two email protocols that you can choose from when you set up the app of your choice to access your email account – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you choose to keep a copy on the server. With the second protocol, the messages will be displayed at your end, but they will remain 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’ll also be able to view old emails if there is a predicament with your Internet connectivity, which is a huge advantage over web-based services.