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The Difference Between Web Mail and Regular Email

by James McGrath

Email is a message that is sent electronically and then, once you check your email, is downloaded directly to your computer via an email program such as Outlook or Eudora. POP (Post Office Protocol) is the standard protocol for receiving email and is built in to most popular email products.

Web Mail is a message that is sent electronically, but when you check your email, your message remains stored on the server. Web mail accounts are accessed through a Web page and have fewer features and less functionality than POP accounts. Hotmail and Yahoo are good examples of Web mail. Web mail accounts are very useful if you travel a lot, as they can be accessed from any computer. Some Web hosts offer both types of services, which means when you’re at your home or office you can use the POP-type service, and when you’re on the road, you can access your emails via the Internet.

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