IMAP4 Email Access

All SNMail email boxes provide POP3, IMAP4 and Web Mail access.  We believe this allows us to provide a comprehensive all round service meeting our clients requirements.  If you require any service not provided by these protocols please email and we will endeavour to provide the service required.

What is IMAP4? - Internet Message Access Protocol, version 4
It is a method of accessing electronic mail or bulletin board messages that are kept on a (possibly shared) mail server. In other words, it permits a "client" email program to access remote message stores as if they were local. For example, email stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from a desktop computer at home, a workstation at the office, and a notebook computer while travelling, without the need to transfer messages or files back and forth between these computers.


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IMAP's ability to access messages (both new and saved) from more than one computer has become extremely important as reliance on electronic messaging and use of multiple computers increase, but this functionality cannot be taken for granted: the widely used Post Office Protocol (POP) works best when one has only a single computer, since it was designed to support "offline" message access, wherein messages are downloaded and then deleted from the mail server. This mode of access is not compatible with access from multiple computers since it tends to sprinkle messages across all of the computers used for mail access. Thus, unless all of those machines share a common file system, the offline mode of access that POP was designed to support effectively ties the user to one computer for message storage and manipulation.  IMAP4 deals with the receiving of e-mail from your local server and should not to be confused with Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), a protocol for transferring e-mail between points on the Internet.

Software Supporting IMAP4
Many programmes support the IMAP4 protocol, with the most popular ones being Outlook and Outlook Express.  We provide full details of how to setup these programmes.  Other software may be used however we may lack detailed installation procedures and therefore will require the user to have a working knowledge of their software.

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