January 28th, 2011 by catur

What is Email?

Email is simply the shortened form of electronic mail, a protocol for receiving, sending and storing electronic messages. Email has gained popularity with the spread of the Internet. In many cases, email has become the preferred method of communication.

The basic formula for addressing an email was username@usercomputer. This standard has not  changed over the years, other than the user computer now commonly being replaced by the name of an email provider. In many cases, this is the same as the user’s Internet service provider.

In many cases, users receive, send and store email based on one of two standards, SMTP or POP. SMTP stands for Simple Message Transfer Protocol. POP stands for Post Office Protocol. Though there is some amount of confusion over what these two protocols mean, the explanation is rather simple. POP is a protocol for storage of email. SMTP is a protocol for sending and receiving.

In the beginning, email usage required having a program dedicated to the application, or at least having an email service provider with a system set up to handle it. The software for the application is called email client software. Some common programs include: Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Opera Mail, Eudora and Pegasus Mail. Many are available for free through open sources.

In addition to accessing electronic mail through email client software, Webmail has also become very popular. Most email service providers offer this as an additional benefit, where the user can access their mailbox over the Internet. Some email services are specifically designed using the World Wide Web as its primary interface. These sites, such as Yahoo! Mail, Google Mail and Hotmail have become very popular, as they offer individuals a chance to open an email account at no charge.

 What is Web Based Email?

 Email addresses are commonly assigned by your Internet service provider (ISP), but one can also obtain an email address through a website service. This is known as web based email.

Most people are familiar with setting up their email clients to receive mail through their ISP. The client asks for a POP server (Post Office Protocol) in order to receive mail, and a SMTP server (Standard Mail Transfer Protocol) in order to send mail. However, most email clients can also be used to collect web based email by configuring the client to connect to an IMAP server (Internet Message Access Protocol). The IMAP server is part of the host’s package. That said, the more common way to access this mail is by using a browser.

Web based email has its advantages, especially for people who travel. Email can be collected by simply visiting a website, negating the need for an email client, or to logon from home. Wherever a public terminal with Internet access exists — from the library to a café to the airport or hotel — one can check, send and receive email quickly and easily.

What is POP mail?

If you have a POP email account, messages sent to you are stored on Post Office Protocol (POP) servers at your Internet service provider until you connect and retrieve them. When you connect to your POP email account, the messages are downloaded to your computer. The messages remain on the mail server unless you specify that they should be removed. To do so, choose the Advanced pane of Mail Accounts preferences and then either click “Remove now” or select “Remove copy from server after retrieving a message” and indicate when to remove them using the pop-up menu.

POP is the most common method of accessing email, but if you use multiple computers to read your mail, you might find an Internet Messaging Access Protocol (IMAP) account more convenient. Ask your Internet service provider (ISP) if IMAP mail is available for your account. With an IMAP account, you can keep your mail on your ISP’s server, so you can access it again from any computer.

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