"Windows 7 is a refinement of Windows Vista, whereas Vista was meant to be revolutionary".
Microsoft's scheduled security update for Windows includes a fix to a potentially unsafe bug that would allow an attacker to spoof a certificate, making it look like it came from a trusted source.
You may end up getting this security update automatically.
"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", an NCSC spokesperson told the BBC.
What does Windows "end of support" actually mean?
Microsoft has released a security update today to fix "a broad cryptographic vulnerability" impacting the Windows operating system. Thus, it does not recommend an upgrade of Windows 7 computers to Windows 10.More news: Jennifer Lopez slays in Vanity Fair's Hollywood issue after savage Oscars snub
Windows 10 is the most widely-used operating system in the world.
The disclosure appears to represent an improvement in relations between Microsoft and the NSA, which previously secretly collected security exploits of Microsoft's Windows in order to use the tools for its own hacks.
What should you do with your Windows 7 PC?. It will not stop working overnight.
It remains to be seen if malicious actors will increasingly target Windows 7 PCs going forward. It's just not a great idea security-wise. "Although there is no evidence that it has been exploited by hackers, it is a major threat as it lays users open to a range of attacks, so this is a case of don't panic but apply the patch straightaway". But there is no guarantee that will happen with Windows 7.
And continuing to use a Windows 7 PC which is connected to the internet could put your data, plus your financial and other personal information at serious risk. There are still many companies and people who choose to stay on it. But regardless of whether the U.S. government got a heads-up on the patch, the most worrying thing is that the flaw - which impacts all versions of Windows, including Windows 7 - will not be rolled-out to anyone who is still using a version of Windows 7 after January 14, 2020.More news: Have Scientists Found a Replacement for Exercise?
Good security software, including a proper firewall and antivirus solution that is still updated, is a must in this case.
Windows 10's search tool suffered from numerous issues in 2019.
Microsoft explains: "All PCs that are more than four years old can cost you more than you realize".
How different is Windows 10?
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