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What is an IMAP Emails Service?

The Internet Message Access Protocol, or IMAP, email is the second most common approach for modern computer users to send and receive their messages, across the Internet. An IMAP email account can be accessed through a web based service or via one of the many email clients (software programs that are installed directly on a computer); but the IMAP emails are not often available unless the computer is connected to the Internet.
There are two primary types of email service ? POP and IMAP ? and they can function quite differently, depending upon the variety being used. One of the primary issues connected to the IMAP email accounts is that they don?t often allow for offline viewing. This means that if you want to read emails or open attachments, you must be connected to the Internet, in order to do so. A good example of such an account would include almost any of the most popular web based email services.
For example, let?s say you have a web based email account which you access via your favorite browser each day. If you want to see you current messages or open an attachment that was sent to you; it would mean that you would be logged into the account, and currently online at the webmail site. This sort of service would not load your emails to your native computer and delete them from the server, each time you logged in; and this is actually something that can be quite useful. Many large-scale email systems use the IMAP technology, in order to allow people to access their accounts from many different locations, without any need for reorganizing them.
For example, if you were to work at a large company that provided an IMAP email account for each employee; you would be able to open the email client or browser, read messages, delete junk or unwanted items, and leave the program. Later in the day, you could login from home and all of the messages you already viewed would be marked as "read?, and the deleted items would still be in the trash. The more common POP services don?t allow such a universal approach to email management.

The Downside

There are a few "cons? to the use of this option; however, but they are not all that significant. The first, is that it usually requires a constant connection for this sort of email service to be handy or useful; and many dial up customers simply cannot afford this option. Clearly, the days of dial up are limited, and this will not be much of a problem in the future.
The other issue concerns the use of email tracers with this type of account. An email tracer service takes the email address, and traces it back to the IP address; in order to determine the name of the account holder and their geographic location. Many addresses connected to these accounts cannot provide such information, because they access a central server and are not easily identifiable.

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