Next week sees the final days of Microsoft support for their Windows 7 operating system, first released in the summer of 2009. After 11 years of security and technical support Windows is retiring the software as it focuses on its current Windows 10 model. The company addressed the issue in a recent statement: “While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware”.
So, what does this mean for the thousands of computers across Ireland which still run Windows 7? Essentially all reputable software and hardware systems are monitored by their makers during their shelf life. Bugs and security vulnerabilities are captured, and fixes are set in place to prevent these in the future through updates. Currently Microsoft offers a monthly fix or patch against these vulnerabilities. Once installed your machine is 100% protected against these exploitations and vulnerabilities until the next patch. However, following the End-of-Life of Windows 7 on January 14th, these systems will no longer receive security patches or indeed technical support of any kind.
The need for a stable and monitored IT system is essential during times like this due to the pressing vulnerabilities. An example of what can happen can be seen in the global 2017 WannaCry Trojan Cyber-attack. In the UK one third of the National Health Service Trusts IT systems were affected by this cyber attack due to these systems still running the older Windows XP software. Software which was released in 2001 but stopped receiving updates in 2008.
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Yahoo News: https://news.yahoo.com/windows-7-users-warned-to-update-machines-as-microsoft-ends-support-for-ageing-os/