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Pop3 Email Accounts

POP stands for "Post Office Protocol?, and the three refers to the newest and used version of the protocol. Basically, POP3 is a language, which is used to create an email service. POP3 email accounts are a certain set of email types, which are based on the Internet. People also refer to this type of email account as web based or webmail.

Many people choose to access their email from the Internet, but POP3 email can also be set up on a computer software client, like Microsoft Outlook. This is when the POP3 part will come into play for a standard user. When setting up the account, the user will have to enter the special information pertaining to the particular type of email host. This will tell the computer program how to retrieve and download the emails.

Some of the most popular names in the POP3 email account world include Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail created by Google, Yahoo Mail, and AOL Mail. All of these are web based email programs, which can also be set up through email client software on your computer.

There are many free companies that provide POP3 emails, and the free versions of the accounts usually offer plenty of options and storage space. There are also paid versions for people who need upgraded storage, or for companies that need a large number of email accounts.

POP3 is just one part of the puzzle, and it is important to remember when you set up the email in your chosen program, you will also need SMTP information. The two together will allow you to send and receive email.


The Pros and the Cons

The positive aspect of this type of account is that, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you choose to use a free web based email account and set it up as POP3, or you choose a protocol specific email account, you will find that there are a number of host companies that will provide you with a number of different options.
Additionally, POP3 options can provide upgraded storage capacities, multiple email accounts sent to one folder, and upgraded antivirus scanning. All of these options make email easier to use and safer than the standard webmail options.
The negatives of the POP3 option include the fact that you will have to take some time to set up the account in your software on your computer. Whether you are using a webmail account or another type; in order to utilize POP3, you will have to know a little about setting up the email in various client programs.
Another negative would be that, once set up on a computer, the email will not be readily accessible on other computers. You would be limited to only checking your email in one place as opposed to strictly web based mail, which can be accessed on any computer that is connected to the Internet.
In the end, the decision on what kind of email service to use, will depend on what you need and what you are looking for. Choose the right one based on the positives and negatives of each.

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