FBI Says To Businesses To Stop Using Windows 7

The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a private industry notification (PIN) on Monday to partners in the US private sector about the dangers of continuing to use Windows 7 after the operating system reached its official end-of-life (EOL) earlier this year:

“The FBI has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end of life status,” the agency said. “Continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide cyber criminals access in to computer systems. As time passes, Windows 7 becomes more vulnerable to exploitation due to lack of security updates and new vulnerabilities discovered. “With fewer customers able to maintain a patched Windows 7 system after its end of life, cyber criminals will continue to view Windows 7 as a soft target,” the FBI warned. The Bureau is now asking companies to look into upgrading their workstations to newer versions of the Windows operating system.

The FBI is right. With no security updates coming for this operating system from Microsoft, anyone who is still using Windows 7 is a prime target for cybercriminals. Thus if you are still using Windows 7 for whatever reason, it is in your interest to move to Windows 10 to keep yourself safe. I know that transitioning to a new OS is not a painless process. But it is the right thing to do if you want to stay safe. Microsoft has a blog post that has suggestions on how to make that transition here that can help.

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