Your personal information

Your personal information is valuable. 

ActionFraud provides information and advice about how you can protect your identity and what to do if your identity is stolen.

Criminals can gain access to and use your personal data in various ways. These include:

  1. You freely give them the information they want, generally unwittingly via phishing
  2. You disclose personal information about yourself online
  3. Having out of date systems or software, which makes your device vulnerable to malware and viruses
  4. Your computer, device, or storage device being stolen or lost
  5. You throwing away personal documents without using a secure method or shredding them.

By taking some simple steps, you can make it as difficult as possible for your identity to be stolen. Read further information on preventing your personal information from being stolen online.

To keep printed or other physical personal information secure: