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What is POP3?

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What is POP3?

  1. Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3) is a standard mail protocol used to receive emails from a remote server to a local email client like Outlook or Thunderbird.
  2. POP3 allows you to download email messages on your local computer and read them even when you are offline.
  3. POP3 is a Client/Server Protocol in which e-mail is received and held for you by your Internet Mail server.
  4. Periodically, you (or your client e-mail receiver) can check your mail-box on the server and download any mail, probably using POP3.
  5. POP3 is designed to delete mail on the server as soon as the user has downloaded it.
  6. POP3 can be thought of as a “store-and-forward” service.
  7. POP3 protocol assumes that there is only one client connected to the mailbox.

Examples of POP3: This standard protocol is built into most popular e-mail products, such as Eudora and Outlook Express. POP3 is supported by most webmail services such as Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo Mail.

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