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What is the difference between POP3 E-mail Account and a regular e-mail account?

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Take an AOL e-mail account versus a POP3 account you have on your account with MaxterHost as an example. With your aol account, you cannot use an external e-mail client to check for new messages or send outgoing messages. Instead, you must visit the aol website, log into your account in order to perform these functions. In the meantime, you are subjected to advertisements, and the process is restricted to a web-interface.

On the other hand, your POP3 accounts are accessible from any compatible e-mail client. This allows for added functionality on your side (such as the ability to check for new messages every so often, create filters, etc.). If you prefer a web-based e-mail system, you can use the SquirrelMail system, accessible through your Control Panel or by visiting yourdomain.com/webmail.

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