In case you have an email address with your own domain and not a third-party one, you’ll be able to use an email application such as Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird to check and administer your email messages. The benefit of using such apps is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two different email delivery protocols that you can select from when you configure the application of your preference to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – desktop or mobile, unless you opt to leave a copy on the server. With the second protocol, the messages will be displayed locally at your end, but they will stay on the server all the time, so you can set up the email account on multiple devices and check the email messages from any place. You’ll also be able to examine old emails if there is a predicament with your Internet connectivity, which is an advantage over web-based services.