Monday, June 1, 2009

What is a POP Mail Account ?

POP account is an account from which we retrieve the mails from the mail server.POP Mail

POP stands for "Post Office Protocol". IMAP means “Internet Message Access Protocol”.

These are the standard interfaces between an e-mail client program and the mail server.

POP3 and IMAP4 are the two common access protocols used for Internet e-mail. POP3 is the version 3 of the POP protocol. It provides message storage that saves incoming e-mail until users log on and download it.

POP3 downloads the entire message with attachments when mail is checked.


IMAP4 can be configured to download only the headers, which display to/from addresses and subject. The user can then selectively download messages and attachments.

  • Details you need to Configure a POP Account
  1. The name of your ISP's mail server that holds your email. Typically it's something like "mail.example.com"
  2. The name of the account you were assigned by your ISP. This may or may not be your email name, or something like it, or something completely unrelated.
  3. Password to your account.
With the properly configured you are able to download the email that your mail server has been collecting on your behalf.

Note: All of this really applies only to email programs that you run on your computer, like Outlook, Eudora and etc.

Web-based email, such as Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL and etc, simply display the email directly from their servers in your web browser. No configuration needed, other than logging in to the account.

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