What is the difference between POP and IMAP email protocol? *** This post and feature is only applicable for users who created a liveBooks account before 08.06.2015

There are two ways to receive your mail from the liveBooks e-mail servers: IMAP and POP. Following is a short comparison of major differences between these two 'email protocols'. If you are not sure which protocol you want to use to set up your e-mail program please refer to the following basic differences between these two protocols and choose the one that fits your needs.

You may choose to use POP if...

  •  You check your email exclusively with one computer.
  • You perform your own email backups.
  • You must use an email program that does not work with IMAP.
  • You prefer not to keep an eye on mailbox storage limits.
  • You have used POP before and are satisfied with its functionality.

We generally recommend IMAP setup if...

  • You check your email with different computers or devices. 

-- IMAP setups allow you to keep all of your messages, file attachments and folders in sync, and remembers the condition that you last left them in (read, replied, forwarded, etc.) 

  • You use Web Mail in addition to an email program such as Apple Mail or Outlook. 

-- IMAP lets you keep all of your messages, file attachments and folders synchronized between Web Mail and your email program. 

  • You use SpamShield Pro.

-- IMAP works with SpamShield Pro so you can filter out junk email before you download the entire message. 

  • You want the peace of mind of having your email backed up.

-- IMAP messages, file attachments and folders archived online are automatically backed up on the actual email server. 

  • You use a slow connection to the Internet.

-- IMAP lets you selectively download messages and file attachments. 

  • You use a computer or device with limited storage space.

--IMAP lets you store messages and file attachments online and lets you selectively download only the ones that you need. However, you will be using the email server for storage, so you'll need to keep an eye on mailbox storage limits by periodically logging into your webmail account. An automated email notification is sent whenever you approach the mailbox storage limit.

  • You use POP and leave messages on the server.

--IMAP is designed for this scenario; thus, you avoid the pitfalls of leaving messages on the server with POP.

Once you have decided which protocol suits your needs, the following Forum topic will be helpful:


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