A couple of months back, I posed the question of whether netbooks have a place in the SMB. I pitched netbooks as being adequate for the business needs of some small and medium-sized businesses. Obviously, your mileage will vary, but there is really no logical reason why a netbook will not handle most of your run-of-the-mill applications.
Well, it looks like I'm not the only one who sees netbook simply as smaller laptops. Indeed, as pointed out by this eWEEK article, the truth of the matter is that security considerations for netbooks are no less than that of laptops, in spite of their much cheaper price tags.
On the other hand, the problem is that the lower price tags mean that netbooks often come without the bundled anti-malware software commonly found with their higher-end counterparts. Of course, this is also ignoring the fact that the slower netbooks might not run standard antivirus applications terribly well, either.
Exacerbating the problem is the simple fact that many netbook users are relatively new Internet users. The profile of this group of predominant Internet users immediately multiplies any possible dangers. It does not help either that many newer models of netbooks come with wireless data modems already built in.
Another theory that I came out with is that the lower price tags of netbooks simply cause people to completely forget about the value of the data and passwords stored on them-which are really no less precious compared to that of a full-fledged laptop.
Ultimately, my advice is simple. Ensure that you secure your netbook as you would your laptop, either physically, or by installing adequate anti-malware protection.