Email – Are You Using POP or IMAP ?

Email , everyone appears to have issues from time to time but what sort of an email setup do you have ?

POP ( post office protocol ) works by contacting your email service and downloading all of your new messages from it. Once they are downloaded onto your PC or Mac, they are deleted from the email service. Unless you can set a time where they are stored. This means that after the email is downloaded, it can only be accessed using theĀ same computer. If you try to access your email from a different device, the messages that have been previously downloaded won’t be available to you.

IMAP (Internet Message Access ProtocolĀ )allows you to access your email wherever you are, from any device. When you read an email message using IMAP, you aren’t actually downloading or storing it on your computer; instead, you’re reading it from the email service. As a result, you can check your email from different devices, anywhere in the world: your phone, a computer, a friend’s computer.

IMAP only downloads a message when you click on it, and attachments aren’t automatically downloaded. This way you’re able to check your messages a lot more quickly than POP.

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Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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