2.1.3 Card services

Most financial institutions offer you an electronic card, usually called a debit card or bank card, that lets you do transactions at a cash machine. You can use it in two main ways:

Often, you type in a secret personal identification number, or PIN, to use the card. Some cards, as well as tags, cellphones and other devices, allow payments for small amounts without using a PIN. The PIN is your password to your account, telling your financial institution that you want them to take money from your account. Keep the PIN secret to prevent anyone from using your card improperly. (Read more about debit card protection in the Your rights and responsibilities and Banking and fraud sections.)

A credit card is a different type of card service, which is described in the Loans section.

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