With the official End of Support (EoS) of the Microsoft Windows 7
Operating System (OS) which came into effect on 14th January 2020,
Microsoft will no longer provide technical support and security or software updates for the platform. IT Edge News had reported weeks back when the computer giant finally shut down its support system for Windows 7 worldwide.
READ: Microsoft Ends Support For Windows 7 Today
Systems running on Windows 7 OS will continue to work, however they will be progressively more vulnerable to viruses and malware.
To avoid this problem, Nigeria’s Minster of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has alerted the country on the risks of using Windows 7 powered devices for internet-based services that require the use of sensitive information such as internet banking. The best way to remain secure is to use the latest Operating Systems available.
“We are therefore calling on all Windows 7 users to immediately implement some precautionary measures to help to protect themselves from breach of privacy and loss of critical data, the measures are: keeping security software up to date; keeping all other applications up to date; and being more skeptical on downloads and emails accessed,” said the minister in a statement released in Abuja.
The statement added that “the minister in his efforts to propagate the importance of cyber security and to ensure that cyber threats are quickly identified and contained, will from time to time alert the general public on important event and measures to ensure that people can feel safe online.”