Anyway, for reasons I won't get into, I've been considering converting my POP3 account to an IMAP account. I want all my email folders to be synchronized no matter what computer I am using Thunderbird on. However, the thing that concerns me about this is, even though I am downloading all my emails to my computers, if the emails do somehow get deleted on my email host's server (currently 1and1.com), the next time I try to access my email in Thunderbird, the IMAP configuration will update my computer's email and delete everything that was deleted online.
Is there any way around this? To still use IMAP (so all my folders would be synchronized across multiple computers), yet still be protected from possible email deletion on the email host's server? (Mind you, I would want any email I CHOOSE to delete to also be deleted across computer, yet I want to be protectd from 1and1.com issues like hard drive crashes and whatnot.)
Of course, I am not extremely well versed in exactly what IMAP is, so perhaps I am protected from this problem but don't know it.