It’s one of the most popular computer operating systems around, but if you still use Windows 7, you could be leaving yourself vulnerable to dangerous cybersecurity risks.
Microsoft has ended its support for Windows 7, meaning that anyone still using the operating system will no longer receive technical support, software updates or security updates and fixes.
Microsoft explained: “After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on 14 January 2020.
“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.”
If you continue to use Windows 7, you could find yourself targeted by cybercriminals, according to Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow.
He explained: “By using an unsupported operating system, users expose themselves to cybersecurity risks as Microsoft will no longer resolve security flaws found on the system, provide technical support or issue software updates.
“Cybercriminals can use this to their advantage by identifying any flaws in the system and potentially accessing consumer’s data and information.”
Microsoft advises that the best way for users to stay secure is to upgrade to Windows 10.
This modern operating system is the most secure Windows has ever built, with comprehensive end-to-end security that covers antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more.
This means more security features, dashboard displays, and ongoing updates to help safeguard against future threats.
However, Windows 10 isn’t exactly cheap, with the Home Edition costing £119.99, and Windows 10 Pro costing a whopping £219.99.
What’s more, Microsoft added that while it is possible to install Windows 10 on older devices, it is ‘not recommended.’
Instead, the tech giant suggests that customers with a computer or laptop that’s more than three years old should look to buy a new device.
It explained: “The best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. Not only are new modern PCs fast (thanks to solid state drives) and durable with batteries that last longer, the average price for a great PC is considerably less than it was 5-10 years ago.”
If you want to purchase Windows 10, you can buy the full version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro here .