Many individuals and organizations are still using the Windows 8 operating system. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently warned its private sector partners about the use of Windows 7. Earlier this year, Microsoft officially ended the life cycle of Windows 7.
Technology website Zednet reports that the FBI has warned that using Microsoft’s Windows 7 after its expiration date could increase the risk of cybercriminals targeting computer network infrastructure.
The company said that if Windows 8 is used at the organization or enterprise level, cyber criminals can use security vulnerabilities to enter the network. Over time, Windows 7 can become even more risky. This is because the security update has stopped because Microsoft has stopped supporting it.
As a result, new errors can be detected in Windows 8. At the expense of money, very few people will be able to update the Windows 7 system. Cybercriminals will, therefore, look at Windows 7 as an easy target. For this reason, the company is asking the companies to use the updated operating system.
Many PC hardware will not support updating to a new operating system. In order to update the new operating system, it is necessary to keep in mind the cost of different organizations. Although there is a problem, there have been cyber criminals before in the case of Windows XP.
The FBI says cyber-attacks in the health sector could increase if the lifespan of an operating system expires. The year after XP’s expiration date on April 26, 2014, cyberattacks on healthcare institutions were on the rise. Experts say that in order to be safe in the cyber world, you need to keep your operating system up to date, as well as antivirus, spam filters, and firewalls. The network configuration needs to be checked regularly. If necessary, the updated system should be separated from the old system. Two-tier security measures should be implemented.
On January 14, Microsoft withdrew support from Windows 8. In other words, the world’s largest software developer will no longer update security programs for this system. They will be more focused on new technology from now on. Now only those who are spending money to get Microsoft services, Microsoft is giving extra security. They will provide this service until April 2023.
According to the July data of the application data analyst firm Net Application, Windows 10 occupies 59.4% of the global operating system. Windows 10 accounts for 6.2 percent of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Windows 8 still has a large market share in the PC market. In the case of PC’s total operating system, Windows 8 still occupies 23.4 percent and in the case of Windows operating system, it occupies 26.6 percent.