British government officially warns you to stop using Windows 7


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UK government warns about the risks of using Windows 7

As you already probably know, Microsoft is ceasing support for Windows 7. This means that private users, as well as institutions, will now have to upgrade their systems to Windows 10.

The Government Communications Headquarters (also known as the GCHQ) is now warning users to stop using email services or Internet banking on any devices still running the now-obsolete OS.

The National Cyber Security Centre (also known as the NCSC) stated that with Microsoft no longer offering security support, these devices will now be more vulnerable than ever in the face of cyber threats.


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Why is upgrading so important?

As you may know, end of support means that Microsoft will no longer be providing updates for Windows 7. This means no new features or security patches.

Fortunately, those that own Windows 7 Enterprise and belong to business environments can always opt for the Windows 7 Extended Support for Business. The problem with this option is that not everyone has access to it. Additionally, this option becomes increasingly costly as time goes by.

Speaking of time, the Extended Support is just a temporary solution anyway, since it too will only provide users with another 3 years. An official release from the NCSC stated that:

The NCSC would encourage people to upgrade devices currently running Windows 7, allowing them to continue receiving software updates which help protect their devices.
We would urge those using the software after the deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts.
They should also consider accessing email from a different device.

They also wanted to remind the public about the time when Microsoft ceased support for Windows XP and how hackers took advantage of that, back in 2014.

The risks that you can expose yourself include not just the infection with malware, but also having your sensitive data information stolen.

What will you do after official support for Windows 7 runs out? Let us know in the comment section below.

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