Millions of Windows users are at risk. Security experts warn that they are on a time bomb if they continue to use the Windows 7 operating system. As announced for months, Microsoft ends its support on January 14, 2020.
The Windows 7 operating system can still be installed and activated on computers after January 14. However, a PC on which the system is installed will be more vulnerable to security risks and malware due to the lack of security updates, Microsoft says. on his website.
Cybercriminals are just waiting to exploit Windows 7 security holes that are no longer fixed, says Thomas Uhlemann, security specialist at Eset. The transition to a new operating system is inevitable for businesses and private users. Currently Windows 7 is still used by around 30% of users. According to other estimates, the system works on 200 million devices worldwide. The expert warns that cyber attacks could lead to the loss of personal data and immense financial damage. He advises companies to check if the insurance policy covers damage caused by cyber attacks despite the use of Windows 7.
Microsoft introduced Windows 7 on October 22, 2009. At that time, the company committed to providing system support for ten years. With the expiration of this period, resources will be free again to focus on more recent technologies and applications, says the American group.
Microsoft recommends that users upgrade to Windows 10 to avoid needing service or support that won’t be available in the future.
One way to do this is to update your existing Windows 7 system to Windows 10. On the other hand, a new installation can be done on PC. In both cases, it is recommended to back up the data beforehand.
(Tob / man)