|E-mail is left on the server. This is useful for accessing your e-mail from multiple locations (office, home, while traveling).||E-mail is moved to your local PC. This is useful for downloading your e-mail to your computer and working on it while you are not connected to the network (i.e. on slow dial-up connection or traveling).|
|Folders can be stored on the server or on a local PC. If moved to a local PC, can only access them on that PC.||Folders can be stored only on the local PC.|
|Access Speed||Messages are accessed individually. Great for deleting unwanted messages before viewing valid ones. However, IMAP is slower over a dial-up connection (modem). You must also stay online the whole time you are reading your e-mail.||Everything is moved at once. This initially takes longer to see your e-mail but allows you to go offline if you are using a slow connection or traveling. Everything is downloaded, including junk or spam e-mail that you don't want to see.|
|Backups||Your Inbox and IMAP folders are backed up to tape nightly.||You must backup your folders.
Note: Most departmental e-mail systems have some sort of backup system. Check with your local network administrator for details.
|Using the K-State Zimbra web client||The K-State Zimbra web client is an IMAP client so you won't notice much difference going between WebMail and your normal e-mail client.||The K-State Zimbra web client won't show any folders on your local PC and your POP client won't show any folders you have created with WebMail.|
|Security||Access to your Inbox and folders is controlled by your eID.||Access to your Inbox is controlled by your eID. Access to your folders is controlled by your local PC.
Note: Access to departmental mail is controlled by your departmental ID.
|Note: The e-mail client software used with the K-State central e-mail system must support secure authentication in both IMAP and POP.|
|Virus Concerns||Since your e-mail is kept on the server, viruses typically will not affect your computer unless you move it to your local PC or you click an attachment containing viruses.||Any e-mail with a virus is moved to your computer before you can read it, including departmental e-mail.|
|Spam Filtering||Spam filtering is enabled for K-State e-mail, both IMAP and POP. E-mail received by the K-State mail system and then forwarded to another account is NOT filtered. E-mail that goes directly to departmental e-mail systems and does not pass through the K-State Zimbra mail system is NOT filtered.|