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