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Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)

February 17, 2023

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is a protocol for retrieving email messages from a mail server. It allows a client (such as an email client or a webmail service) to access and manage email messages on a remote server.

IMAP differs from the Post Office Protocol (POP), another protocol for retrieving email messages. POP is a simpler protocol typically used for downloading email messages from a server to a client, then removing them from the server. IMAP, however, allows email messages to remain on the server so that users can access and manage them from multiple devices.

Features Of Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)

Folders: Allows users to organize email messages into different folders, such as Inbox, Sent, and Archive.

Flags: Allows users to flag email messages as important or mark them as read or unread.

Search: Allows users to search for specific email messages based on various criteria, such as sender, recipient, subject, and date.

Synchronization: Allows multiple devices to access and manage the same email messages so all devices stay in sync.

Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) is widely supported by email clients and webmail services, making it a popular protocol for accessing and managing email.

Also, See: Email Forwarder

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