Windows 7 users should update to avoid cyber-security risks

Kotov | January 13, 2020

Computer updates can be confusing, but the newest Microsoft Windows update is vital to keep you online information safe. The end of Microsoft 7 support will actually take place on Jan.14.While may seem harmless not to update your computer, it will actually open you up to things like viruses and hacking."If you don't upgrade to Windows 10, then over time security vulnerabilities will be found in Window 7 and since Microsoft is no longer offering support they won't be making patches for that, and that will open you up to vulnerabilities that hackers will take advantage of, "said Spencer Hayden, the owner of IT service company Conducive Data Hayden says users may receive a warning message if they are still using Windows 7, but they don't need to panic.

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Deloitte | July 12, 2022

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