In case you use an email address with your own domain name instead of a third-party one, you will be able to make use of an email app such as Thunderbird, Outlook or Apple Mail to access and administer your email messages. The benefit of using such apps is that they also offer other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email protocols that you can select from when you set up the app of your choice to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first protocol, all email messages that are received will be downloaded on your device – mobile or desktop, unless you choose to keep a copy on the email 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 see the messages from any location. You will also be able to access old email messages if there’s an issue with your Internet service, which is a huge advantage over web-based email services.