The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has delivered a stark warning to all those that are still using Microsoft Windows 7:
Do not to use Windows 7 computers for banking or email after Tuesday 17th January.
This statement follows the much anticipated end-of-life status of Windows 7, which happened on the 14th January 2020. With the computer operating system no longer receiving security updates it is a very enticing opportunity for cyber criminals to exploit.
A spokesperson for the NCSC said: “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.”
Risks include having your computers infected with malware, which can steal sensitive details such as financial and banking information from your device.
I’m still on Windows 7 – what can I do?
The advice we will always give is “Migrate away from out-of-date and unsecure software”.
It cannot be patched so given the very real security risks of running Windows 7, the best option is to upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft have created a dedicated webpage for questions, next steps and detailed advice.
Research and conversations have shown that some businesses have concerns about the migration. If you’re one of these businesses please get in touch. It doesn’t have to be a disruptive nightmare, and our migration experts will be able to talk you through any worries you may have.