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How to Avoid Malware and Computer Viruses

OE Federal Credit Union is dedicated to the safety and security of our members. Identity theft and fraud is becoming more prevalent in our world today. Even the most computer savvy can fall victim to cyber crime.  That is why we’ve compiled important information on Malware, Financial Malware, and Anti-Virus protection to help keep you ahead of the curve.

What is Malware and Financial Malware?

  • Malware is malicious software that is installed to your PC without your knowledge. 

  • Financial Malware is malicious software specifically designed to steal credentials on financial web services and applications. 

Would be criminals use this software, such as Viruses, Worms, Trojan Horses, and Man-In-The-Middle attacks to take over your PC or Smartphone to view your website activity, retrieve passwords and even keystrokes.

If you notice an increase of pop-up advertisements, a change in your settings that you did not initiate or your computer is not working as fast as it used to, you may have malware installed on your PC. Thankfully, malware can be removed with regular updates to your anti-virus or malware software. Below are links that will help you understand the severity of Malware and what to do if you believe you have Malware installed.

  1. What is Malware
  2. How to Detect Malware Symptoms
  3. Microsoft Malware Protection Center
  4. Antivirus Protection and How to Avoid Viruses
  5. Mobile Banking Safety Tips

It is important to remember that OE Federal Credit Union will never contact you requesting your personal information or online banking username/password.

The information provided is not all inclusive and we encourage our members to continue learning more about online safety.

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