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The Difference Between POP & IMAP

This chart sums up the main differences between POP (Post Office Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) email configurations

POP
  • Email is deleted from the server as they are retrieved
  • No remote web synchronization
  • Local copies of messages are vulnerable to data loss
  • Very little server storage required
  • Has to download full message (slower)
  • First introduced 1984
IMAP
  • Rest assured knowing a copy of email is saved to server
  • Inbox and sub-folders sync with webmail/mobile
  • Email is backed up securely on the server
  • Archive is limited by server storage
  • Downloads only headers, rest as requested (faster)
  • First introduced 1986

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