Loosing a netbook will not have a huge monetary impact; replacing it will only cost about $300.  That is not the full scope of the problem you are about to have because of that lost netbook; especially if you have no password on your main account.  Think how many websites have your username and password set to automatically log on.  Maybe even MSN, ICQ, AIM or whatever your IM client of choice is also happens to be set to log in at boot.   Ars Technica walks you through some simple steps to keep your data secure, track the location of your netbook and even remote data deletion tools.

“Yet more people are likely to run out and buy netbooks this holiday season, either for work or personal use. And many of those users won’t have the first idea about how to lock down their data in case the netbook is lost or stolen. We’re here to help.”

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