Choosing Between POP3 and IMAP
and IMAP Demystified
POP3 (Post Office
Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) are
two different email protocols. Both allow you to access
your emails offline from your preferred email client. Intersessions supports both POP3 and IMAP email protocols.
vs. IMAP: Technology
always downloads all new emails to your local computer.
downloads message subject lines and does not download the entire
message until you explicitly select it.
vs. IMAP: Email Inbox Display
IMAP preserves your folder structure.
vs. IMAP: Multi-Computer Access
is useful if you only access your email from one computer,
since the email is typically downloaded locally.
allows email to be manipulated from a desktop computer at
home, a workstation at the office, and a notebook computer
while traveling, without the need to transfer messages or
vs. IMAP: Email Storage
POP3, your emails can be automatically erased from the server
after they are downloaded freeing up space in your account.
keeps all emails on the server until you erase them.