Every Mac user I know has half a dozen. And the more email accounts you have, the more old email messages you have sitting on email servers scattered all over the country. How can you go back into an email account and see what messages are still there? Mail on OS X may (but not always) delete old email, but it’s better to know what’s there before beginning a wholesale cleaning.
Free: Check, Remove Email
All you need to check your email accounts is a simple and free app called MyPopBarrier. What it does is simple and exactly what you need to delete your email tracks.
For each email account, MyPopBarrier will log in, check the email already on the server (whether messages have been there for years or an hour), and give you options to delete.
Even if you have multiple accounts, MyPopBarrier will list all the messages, list their ID numbers, who the message is From, and the Subject.
It also displays the date the message was received, and the size of the message. Click on any email message on the list and details are presented below.
If you decide an old message needs to be deleted, simply click the Purge button and it deletes the message for good.
Any message with the Red Dot can be removed using the Purge button. MyPopBarrier has options galore, though they’re not readily apparent (read the FAQ for details).
One function that is particularly useful is the option to use MyPopBarrier on a USB flash disk (thumb drive) so you can remove email from your account using any computer).
Negatives? Yes, a few. MyPopBarrier is very slow. It needs to login to each email account, check the status of email, and display Subject, From, and other details within the app.
Additionally, you’ll need to setup account preferences in MyPopBarrier similar to how you would setup an email account in Mail on your Mac, except it’s not as intuitive.
Still, despite the extra steps, it’s a good way to purge unwanted email from your account and it’s free.