Protect Yourself

Your identity is one of the most valuable things you own. It's important to keep your identity from being stolen by someone who can potentially harm your good name and financial well-being.


Shop Smart

Follow these steps so you can shop smart and help keep your identity safe:

In Store

  • Be aware of your surroundings and protect personal space at the ATM and registers.
  • Do not leave backpacks, purses and wallets unattended in a cart or basket inside the store or while loading purchases into your car in the parking lot. Secure these items first.
  • Inspect ATMs and points of sale terminals and look for tampering before swiping cards.
  • Keep cards in sight when paying to deter dishonest cashiers.
  • Store all receipts and closely check your monthly statements to verify transactions.

Digital Channels

  • Be sure your anti-virus software is installed properly and up-to-date.
  • Install personal firewalls and password protection on your wireless connections at home.
  • Shop with retailers you trust and who have positive Better Business Bureau ratings.
  • Avoid links and only visit shopping sites by directly typing in their website address.
  • Don't purchase items or pay bills while using public computers or shared wireless networks.
  • Use Card Controls and Account Alerts wherever they are available.  TFB Mobile Offers both!

Public WiFi

  • Turn off file sharing.
  • Get more information about WiFi access points from the business providing the connection.
  • Choose a seat where your back is facing a windowless wall to avoid allowing someone nearby to see your screen.
  • When your wireless card is no longer needed, turn it off or remove it.
  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if possible.

Additional Resources

The simple fact is you can protect yourself against most forms of identity theft. The first step is education. Take a few moments to learn about each of the steps you can take to avoid being a victim.

FDIC Website

On Guard Online

10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud!

The security of your personal information is important to us. TFB will never ask for your debit card PIN or your online banking password in an email, text, or on the phone.
If you get such a request, call TFB at 800-638-3798.

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