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What You Need to Know About POP and IMAP Email Settings

This story appears in the August 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Q: What’s the difference between POP and IMAP email settings, and which will work best for my business?

Daria Nepriakhina |

A: There’s only one person who can start off a conversation about email protocols by saying, “When I invented email back in 1978 …,” and that person is V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, who holds multiple degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including a doctorate in computational systems biology. As a high school student, he developed an electronic version of a mail system for interoffice use and copyrighted his program as “Email.”

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