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How to Access Your School of Information Email Account
You can access your School of Information email account in several ways. Before deciding which email account is best for you, you should ask yourself the following questions:
Your answers to those questions will determine which email client will best serve your needs. Before we learn about different email clients, let’s first learn about two different ways that email clients access email.
The first is called IMAP (Internet Messaging Access Protocol). Email clients that are configured with IMAP check email without downloading your messages to your computer’s hard drive. All of your messages are retained on the server. What does that mean, exactly? Well, for one thing, you are able to access your old email messages, regardless of which computer you are using to check your email. Also, anything that’s retained on the server is backed up on a regular basis. Examples of IMAP email applications are Pine and Webmail.
The second is called POP (Post Office Protocol). POP applications download email directly to your home machine. There are both pros and cons to using a POP email application. If you are on a slow dial-up connection, POP allows you to download all of your messages and read them after terminating your connection. Also, it prevents your mailbox on the server from becoming too full by transferring messages from the server to your home machine. On the downside, however, is the fact that you must access your email account from the same computer every time, if you would like access to all of your messages. Also, if the hard drive on your computer crashes, then you lose all of your saved messages, unless you back them up yourself on a regular basis. POP applications can also be configured to only download email to your home machine at certain intervals.
IMAP vs. POP