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Pros and Cons of Using IMAP Email Server Services

If you are trying to setup an email account, and are a bit confused by the different types of email service available; you are probably facing the common dilemma of whether to use an IMAP email server or the POP variant.
There are an even number of the proverbial "pros and cons?, where the POP and IMAP mail servers are concerned. It does pay to understand them; however, before making your final decision. The reasoning behind that, is due mostly to the fact that the IMAP servers may require constant connection to the Internet; in order to access messages around the clock.
For instance, let?s say that the web based email service you are considering uses the IMAP standards. This will not download a copy of any messages to the computer?s hard drive, which means that you cannot read them if you are offline. While you might automatically think that you wouldn?t need to; it is important to consider the scenario. How often do you need to take a quick look at an email you sent or received? Would it be a hassle to have to connect to the Internet and login to an account, in order to see all of your emails? Would you prefer to just click on your email client and review the messages of the day instead? This is the main difference between IMAP and other options.
Does this mean that you should avoid an IMAP email service? No, because some are actually beginning to provide offline access to messages through alternative configuration choices. This usually means that during the setup process, you can request copies to be loaded to the native computer for later viewing.
The thing about IMAP emails that tends to make them a bit easier to use, is that they have universally applied selections. For instance, if you login to your email service from a home computer and delete some junk mail or read a new message; these actions will be seen at the next location where you login. The messages you have read will still be displayed on the next or new computer screen, as having been read. The POP services cannot do this, and many people don?t want to have to deal with the repetitive sorting of mail. They will opt for IMAP instead.

Comparisons of Services

A comparison of the available services would reveal that IMAP options are the second most common choice, but this is usually due to the fact that the POP technologies have been around longer.
Some people like the anonymity that the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) can allow as well. This is something that appears most often where email tracers are concerned. For instance, when someone creates their web based account of the non-POP variety; they are going to be logging into a central server from which they can send and receive messages. This can often make it difficult for a standard email tracer to find the actual IP address from which a message is posted, which is usually the goal of the service.

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