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Glossary
POP3
POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) is the most recent version of a standard protocol for receiving e-mail, in which it is a client/server protocol in which e-mail is received and held for you by your Internet server. Periodically, you (or your client e-mail receiver) check your mail-box on the server and download any mail, probably using POP3. This standard protocol is built into most popular e-mail products, such as Eudora and Outlook Express. It's also built into the Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers

POP3 allows e-mail applications such as outlook express and Eudora to retrieve e-mail from the server. All e-mail accounts with Renderhosting.net web hosting plans allow POP3, IMAP and webmail access.

POP3 is designed to delete mail on the server as soon as the user has downloaded it. However, some implementations allow users or an administrator to specify that mail be saved for some period of time. POP can be thought of as a "store-and-forward" service.