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National Cyber Awareness System:

IRS Releases First in a Series of Tax Security Tips

11/27/2015 04:08 PM EST

Original release date: November 27, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the first in a series of tips intended to increase public awareness of how to protect personal and financial data online and at home. A new tip will be available each Monday through the start of the tax season in January, and will continue through the April tax deadline.

The first tip focuses on seven simple steps to secure your computer when conducting business online. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review IRS Security Awareness Tax Tip Number 1 for additional information.

Your on-line safety is important to TSB! Please visit this link from the Department of Revenue to learn about a potential fraudulent e-mail scam. Please visit the IC3 website for more informtion.  #BankingAtItsBest #TSBCares


Home Depot Data Breach - September 2014

We are aware of the Home Depot data breach that has been reported in the news recently.  According to news reports the breach occurred from April through September of 2014.  We are working with information provided to us by industry sources to determine cards compromised in the breach.  We are going to reissue cards reported used at affected Home Depot stores during the reported period.  You should receive a new card in the next few weeks if your card number was indicated.  If you would like your card blocked prior to receiving your new card, please contact Card Services at (865) 429-2273.  Blocking your card would mean your card would not be available for purchases or use at an ATM.  You would not be able to access your account for POS and ATM transactions until your new card is received.


Tennessee State Bank utilizes fraud monitoring systems to assist in detecting possible fraud on a 24/7 basis and your Visa Debit or Credit card has zero liability for unauthorized transactions, you should refer to your card agreement for information on what would be considered an unauthorized transaction.


Federal Trade Commission

Tips For Consumers: 08/01/2013

FTC Advises Consumers on Preventing, Identifying, and Dealing With Hacked Email or Social Networking Accounts

The Federal Trade Commission has new tips to help people deal with email and social networking hacks, whether itís lessening the chances of a hack in the first place, or recovering from a hack once it happens.

Hacked Email, new guidance from the FTC, identifies signs an account may have been hacked such as friends and family members receiving messages the user didnít send, a sent folder emptied, social media posts the user didnít create, or email or other accounts the user canít open.

If consumers think they have been hacked, the FTC encourages them to take the following actions:

  • Make sure security software is up-to-date and delete malware;
  • Change passwords;
  • Check with their email provider or social networking site for information about restoring the account;
  • Check account settings; and
  • Tell your friends

Using unique passwords for important sites like banking and email and safeguarding user names and passwords can help users protect themselves from hackers. The FTC recommends users turn on two-factor authentication if a service provider offers it; not click on links or open attachments from unknown users; and only download free software from sites a user knows and trusts. When using a public computer, do not let web browsers remember passwords, and log out of all accounts when finished.

The FTC also provides more tips for using public wi-fi networks.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTCís online Complaint Assistant or call     1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTCís website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.


Cheryl Hackley
Office of Public Affairs