There are numerous web-based email providers that you can use, but using an email with your own personal domain name will give you more credibility if you are running a company, for example, not to mention that with web-based services there are limitations on the maximum size of the attachments that you can send or receive. If you use an email service that offers support for the IMAP and POP3 email retrieval protocols, you will not encounter such problems and you will be able to use any program on your PC to access your mailboxes, including Apple Mail, Thunderbird or Outlook. You can even set up a mailbox on your phone. The difference between the two protocols is that with IMAP, an email message is displayed locally at your end, but remains on the email server, whereas with POP3, the message is downloaded on your computer, unless you set up the program in such a way as to store a copy on the server.