Windows 7 users should be aware of these Cyber Security vulnerabilities


All you Windows 7 users out there, its better you make a note of the following cybersecurity vulnerabilities to which your system will get exposed after December’ 19.

1.) Obsolete systems which do not receive security updates from their developers( Microsoft in this case) can easily be used to spread malware.

2.) Unless you go for extra support for a premium, you are not going to receive updates from then on. Meaning your system can become prone to Ransomware attacks such as Wannacry and NotPetya.

3.) As they are millions of PCs which still run on Windows 7, IT departments have to prioritize the migration of those PCs to a more stable Windows 10 Operating system. And a recent survey conducted by stats counter says that over 17 percent of tech departments did not know about the deadline.

4.) Reports are in that Microsoft is keen to move companies onto Windows 10 as it doesn’t want to take any risks associated with the security of Win 7. Remember, Windows XP which was pulled down in 2014 by Microsoft pushed all its users towards malware attack in 2017- in the form of WannaCry. On seeing its users suffering, the tech giant issued a security update to XP, Win 8 and Window Server 2003 to prevent further damage from the malware attack.

5.) UK’s National Cyber Security Center(NCSC) has issued a reminder to Win 7 users operating in its region about the looming deadline and also issued a warning of the risks of running software without support.

6.) Keeping the software up-to-date is the only way to tackle the situation and after the deadline, it can only be done by opting for premium support. Otherwise, go for a Win 10 OS update which is probably available for $179.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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