IMAP is a protocol that your email program may use to access your email. Among other features, it makes dealing with email on multiple devices much easier.
In order to figure out how to back up your email you first have to figure out where it lives. It might be on your computer; it might be out on the internet.
It’s easy to get email providers and email programs mixed up. So the first step in setting this up is to understand which does what.
There are various options to access one email account from multiple computers, and there are pros and cons to each.
There are several ways to share email accounts across computers. The best ones have to be set up before you need them.
Microsoft has enabled POP3, IMAP, and SMTP access to Outlook.com, and thus to Hotmail accounts. I’ll walk you through the settings.
Yahoo! now supports accessing your Yahoo! Mail account using POP3 and IMAP on your desktop email program or other device.