Email Access Methods and Tutorials

Below are three different ways to access your email.  The first one 'Webmail' only requires a Browser such as Internet Explorer.  The next two, IMAP and POP3, require the use of an email program such as Outlook, Windows Mail, Thunderbird, etc.

Webmail (recommended)
Many computer OSs (example: Windows 7) no longer include email clients software because webmail is the preferred method of accessing email.  Webmail is easy to use and allows you to access the same inbox from any Internet connection.  You can check your email from the
Start Page. offers several tutorials on how to use your webmail:


IMAP, or Internet Message Access Protocol, is the standard way to configure your email address for those who are still using a mail program. IMAP synchronizes your email with the mail server; therefore your messages are available everywhere you go: home, office or on the go with mobile devices. Also, since your mailbox contents are synchronized, your information remains safe should something happen to your computer. IMAP works in conjunction with Webmail, so your email program, mobile device and Web Mail will always show the same messages and folders. You can setup IMAP access in your email program or mobile device by using the Email Setup Wizard.

POP3, or the Post Office Protocol, is the older of the two email protocols. It downloads your mail from the server and places it directly on your computer's hard drive.  We do not recommend POP3 because it makes your email difficult to manage, it makes your email available in only one location, it has difficulty handling large attachments, and you have the possibility of losing all of your messages if your computer malfunctions or if you get a new computer.