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Glossary of Computer and Internet Terms
A glossary of computer and Internet terms with definitions that are easy to understand.
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IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) is used to access e-mails on a server, this cuts out the need to download them onto your local hard drive. This is different to POP3 which is another very popular protocol for e-mail which requires anyone wanting to read their e-mails to download them onto their own hard drive first. Using an IMAP mail server means that the user can access and read their e-mails on any computer they like as the e-mails will remain on the sever until they are downloaded. Mac OS X Mail and Microsoft Outlook will let you decide the type of protocol your mail server will use but it is important to choose the right one otherwise you will not be able to send or receive e-mails.