A solid security plan for your online presence is key to protecting your business and your customers. It is also crucial to maintain trust and an image of goodwill. If a business doesn’t safeguard confidential information, it could end up in the wrong hands and cause fraud, fines and reputational damage.

Data breaches pose a danger for everyone, from the smallest of individuals to large corporations. Data stolen can be used for identity thefts or phishing scams. It can also be used for spying on government or corporate entities.

The best way to protect your information online is to ensure it’s encrypted. This includes data in the state of rest which includes your emails, documents and other files you store. The encryption process ensures that only you are able to access it, and that no one else will even be able to access it if they are able to intercept your transmissions.

You should be aware of the websites you visit and the ways they use your data. Many popular sites now have options to limit the amount of your personal information they collect. For example you can deactivate the tracking of Facebook and Twitter and configure your browser to stop saving passwords and usernames.

And don’t forget to back up your data and do it frequently. Keep your backup in someplace other than your main office, and encrypt if possible. Your data will be secure in the event of a flood or fire. The EFF’s Firefox, Chrome and Opera-supported Privacy Badger can aid in this. It blocks ad trackers, and also monitors your browsing habits to warn you to suspicious behavior.