There is – almost – no operating system that is invincible and will last forever. The responsible companies update them to improve their safety, but also to incorporate new features and, of course, keep talking about them. Little is left for Microsoft to abandon one of its most popular systems, and surely many of you wonder if you have to worry about the end of Windows 7.
Windows 7 has been in the candlestick for 10 years now. It cost him, and much, to convince users due to the Windows Vista fiasco, but in the end, many have found their home in the veteran system, as Windows 7 had once been. The Microsoft system is reliable, fast and stable, but it is time to say goodbye.
On January 14, Microsoft will “kill” Windows 7, which means that the system will no longer have the support of its mother company and will become the dream of cybercriminals, and the nightmare of those who remain in it ( although there are many who have already started the migration ).
When an operating system is abandoned, the latest security patches for it are stopped. Microsoft has already announced that the break with Windows 7 will be total and will not publish more updates with malware security measures.
The only option to have an extension is to hire a special payment service that gives Windows 7 a few more months to live, but it is something focused on companies that have been caught by the clock and are not ready to leap to another system operational
Now, if you are one of those who resist leaving the system … do you have to worry about the end of Windows 7? The answer is affirmative whether you are a company (of any size) or a private individual. And, malware can attack all operating systems, but one like Windows 7 after January 14, 2020, will be more vulnerable than a new system.
As they will not be updated with the latest security patches, you will be vulnerable to any type of malware, especially one of the most annoying, ransomware. It is a type of malware that sneaks into our PC and hijacks the data.
When we pay an amount to the cybercriminal, he releases our equipment, but it is a nuisance that, although he does not erase the data or look for our files, he touches our pocket and it is not a good plate to walk paying a ransom.
The most famous, although there are others, is WannaCry, a system that attacked a few years ago taking advantage of the fact that in some companies they were still running Windows XP, and it is especially worrying because this malware only needs to sneak into a PC of a company to infect the entire system, for example.
As we read in Cyberscoop, in the last year the ForeScout service has found at least one device vulnerable to WannaCry in 80% of its new clients, a very high figure that, again, is worrying, and they point out as one of the possible victims, With a high probability, teams in specialized industries, such as health. Recently we saw an attack in our country.
There are modified versions of an operating system running, and almost all have Windows 7 as a base, so they would be at the mercy of hackers. Other very vulnerable sectors would be finances and government teams.
As you can see, companies are the ones who should worry the most about the end of Windows 7, but if you are a private individual, you are not free of this, malware can attack a vulnerable system at any time. And, also, we give you a few other reasons to upgrade to Windows 10, beyond for security.