I've always used webmail instead of a client to download mail to my local machine. That seems more secure to me, because if someone steals my notebook, they won't have access to my mail. With a local client (even an IMAP client that downloads everything), it seems like they could just open my mail client and read everything even if I've since changed my mail password.
Is this correct? I would switch to a nice desktop email program if not for this security issue.
Thanks for any feedback.