If you use an email account with your very own personal domain instead of a 3rd-party one, you’ll be able to make use of an email software application such as Outlook, Thunderbird or Apple Mail to access and manage your email messages. The benefit of using such applications is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as address books and calendars. There are two email protocols that you can select from when you set up the app of your liking to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all messages that are received will be downloaded onto your device – desktop or mobile, unless you decide to store a copy on the email server. With the second one, the email messages will be displayed at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the account on multiple devices and view the email messages from any location. You’ll also be able to check old emails in case there’s a problem with your Internet access, which is a big advantage over web-based services.