Access to email accounts on a website has its advantages. You can access emails from any computer or device with an Internet connection and a browser, for example.
The downside is that all your emails are stored by a third party and that’s why you don’t have full control over your emails.
The company in question can access the emails, give them to third parties, ban your account or close it, to name just a few possibilities of what can go wrong in this regard. Local access may not be as convenient at times, but it guarantees access regardless of what a third party does.
Most webmail providers offer options to connect to the email service using Pop3 or IMAP connections, so you can use a local email program instead if you wish.
Others, however, do not officially offer this at all. FreePops was created for that reason. Allows Pop3 access to hundreds of mail services, including those that don’t officially support pop3 at all.
What I like about FreePops is that the email accounts are added in the email program you use, you don’t need to configure the software at all.
Basically you add a new Pop3 mail account in your email client and use localhost and port 2000 as Pop3 server. FreePops automatically understands which mail service you want to reach, as all mail traffic is routed through your system software. This means that you don’t have to configure the app itself to make use of it.
The only requirement is that it must be running on your system and that you must configure your mail program to route traffic through it.
I suggest you take a look at the supported webmailers listed on the FreePops website to see if the ones you are using are supported. This is actually easier than setting up accounts using information found on email websites.
FreePops uses approximately 4 Megabytes of memory when running in the background. The official site has a documentation section that you may also find useful as it walks you through the setup process step by step.
To updateNote: The software is still available on the project’s SourceForge page, but hasn’t been updated since 2013. The original website is no longer available and some features or services may no longer work properly when using FreePops.