Η Microsoft had long announced the end of Windows 7 to focus on "newer technologies".
The end of support means the machines they will not receive anymore updates security and patches. This means that there will be no security.
According to statistics, Windows 7 users were too many. If they don't upgrade, systems they will be vulnerable to any vulnerability. If malicious hackers find a bug, they will be able to exploit it because Microsoft won't fix it.
"... Errors in the code will never be corrected and as they become increasingly known, the chances of a successful attack are increased," said Rik Ferguson, vice president of research, at Trend Micro.
David Emm, its senior researcher Kaspersky Lab, also stressed that users should use another operating system as soon as possible.
What are the risks?
Hackers have evolved their methods and are always ready to perform attacks. Most of the time they use it malware to penetrate the systems and damage the machinery of the victims.
Malware can be used for theft personal, financial and other data, for spying on users, for ransom, etc.
In May 2017, NHS Trusts fell victim to WannaCry ransomware. One report showed that if the company had updated its computers and implemented appropriate patches, it would have avoided the attack.
Hackers exploited vulnerabilities in non-updates to Windows 7 and Windows XP, which Microsoft had already stopped supporting.
What to do with Windows 7 Your PC?
The computers running Windows 7 will continue to work normally. The problem is that there will be no security.
Microsoft urges users to switch to Windows 10.
"The best way to stay safe is to upgrade to Windows 10," the company said. “To have a better Windows 10 experience you need to have one new computer"
Windows 10 can also be installed on old computers, but Microsoft warns that it may not work well.
To run Windows 10, computers should have 1GHz processor, 16GB hard drive and 1GB RAM.
Windows 7 users do not need to upgrade if they do not use the computer to log on Internet.
What do British officials say?
UK authorities have warned Windows 7 users not to do online banking and not send emails after the end of operating system support.
What about businesses?
A lot businesses based on applications that only work with Windows 7.
Microsoft has enabled companies to continue to receive updates for Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise (paying).
As Microsoft said a few months ago, the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be available by 2023 for all businesses.
The cost will grow every year.
Businesses often find it difficult to upgrade to a newer operating system because they may use non-operating applications. systems. There may also be a cost problem with upgrading these applications.
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