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FBI Issues Warning for Windows 7 End-of-Life

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning about the massive risks of getting hacked by using Windows 7.

FBI Warns of Windows 7 Risks

The FBI has announced there is a greater risk of getting hacked by using Windows 7 than ever before. The operating system reached its official end-of-life (EOL) earlier this year.

All software eventually becomes out of date, after which point, ideally, it should not be used. This is the advice from the National Cyber Security Centre in the United Kingdom. To protect your networks and staff from legacy software and unsupported operating systems, these are the lessons we need to learn.

FBI Urges Companies to Update Devices

The Bureau is asking companies to look into upgrading workstations to newer versions of the Windows operating system. To this day, Microsoft still allows Windows 7 systems to be upgraded to Windows 10 at no cost, even if this offer officially ended in July 2016.

Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. There is an option to extend support for up to 3 years, but that extension includes an additional subscription to Microsoft and to relicense each of your Windows 7 devices with a new license key.

Patch Management Solution for Windows 7

In light of today’s news by the FBI, for anyone still using Windows 7 who purchased the extension subscription (Extended Security Updates) Tuearis can continue to patch those devices using Threat and Vulnerability Management tools such as Syxsense Manage. If you have not purchased that extension, you will find reports in our console which identify all those systems for upgrade to Windows 10. Since January there have been many updates released to resolve vulnerabilities with Windows 7 in addition to .NET Framework vulnerabilities using the extension agreement.

If you don’t know what software is legacy, obsolete, or simply out of date, Tuearis Cyber has a vulnerability scanning capabilities we can employ to find out. We can help identify and remediate vulnerabilities in your network before they are weaponized so that you can REST SECURE.

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