A solid online security strategy is key to protecting your business and customers. It’s also essential to maintain the trust of your customers and maintain a positive brand image. If sensitive information is not secured appropriately, it may be accessed by the wrong people and lead to financial loss, regulatory fines and reputational damage.

Data breaches can impact anyone, from individuals to large corporations. Data stolen can be used to perpetrate identity theft as well as phishing scams, corporate or government espionage, as well as ransomware attacks.

The best way to protect your information online is to make sure it’s encrypted. This includes data that is in rest that is, your email, documents, and other files you store. Encrypting the data ensures only you are able to access it, and that no one else will even be able to be able to read it if they steal your communications.

You should also be aware of the websites you visit and how they use your data. A lot of popular websites have settings that let you manage the amount of personal information they gather. You can opt out of tracking on Facebook and Twitter and configure your browser to not save usernames and passwords.

And don’t forget to back up your data and do it frequently. Store the backup in a location that’s not your main workplace and secure it if you are able. Your data is safe in the event of a flood or fire. The EFF’s Firefox Privacy Badger, a feature that is supported by Chrome and Opera and Opera, can be of help. It analyzes your browsing habits and blocks ads trackers.