become a sitting duck to new malware and vulnerabilities – which means you are more at risk of losing your digital possessions and memories to the latest ransomware. A secondary issue is that your device is more likely to be infected and misused to pass along malware to others on the internet. You could become a modern-day Typhoid Mary.
Given this global market share, there is a high chance that there are some Windows 7 devices still running around your household. You might be surprised what you find – I sure was.
Again, having these unpatched devices on the home network is like taping a “Kick Me” note on the back of your shirt. There are plenty of cybercriminals out there which will be crafting exploits and malware specifically for Windows 7 devices. If a future zero-day exploit isn’t going to get fixed within days by Windows, the bad guys will have more time to search for and hit up those vulnerable devices. And don’t count on Microsoft changing their mind this time and issuing an extra update.
It is time for you to make a choice — Just what are you going to do?
Microsoft has gently reminded its Windows 7 users that the End of Life is coming … and they should be prepared. Specifically, they should be prepared to fork out some money for either new, upgraded Windows 10 operating system or to simply buy a completely new computer. Their reminder has a touching video of someone trading in their old set of wheels for a shiny new model.
Looking outside the Microsoft scheme of things, it looks like the owners and operators of Windows 7 devices have five options ahead of the next back-to-school or holiday shopping seasons. Here they are:
The choice is yours. So while you think about all of the options, do number 2 today.