If you have an email with your own domain and not a 3rd-party one, you’ll be able to use an email software app such as Apple Mail, Outlook or Thunderbird to check and manage 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 retrieval protocols that you can select from when you configure the application of your choosing to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all messages that are received will be downloaded onto 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 at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the account on multiple devices and see the email messages from any place. You will also be able to access old emails if there is a predicament with your Internet connection, which is a big advantage over a web-based service.