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UK govt warns not to access online banking on Windows 7

UK government warns of Windows 7

The government body NCSC has warned people of using Windows 7 after Tuesday

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is warning people of using online banking or accessing sensitive accounts from devices running Windows 7 from Tuesday, 14 January, when Microsoft ends support for the operating system.

The NCSC, the government body for cybersecurity, is encouraging people to upgrade from Windows 7 as soon as possible, due to Microsoft’s 2019 decision to stop providing technical support for the software.

“The NCSC would encourage people to upgrade devices currently running Windows 7, allowing them to continue receiving software updates which help protect their devices,” the NCSC spokesperson said.

“We would urge those using the software after the deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts.

“They should also consider accessing email from a different device.”

According to The Telegraph, there are still more than 440 million people using Windows 7 worldwide, 10 years after its release.

A Microsoft spokesman told the newspaper that if a user continues to use an unsupported version of Windows, the PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

“Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.”

The company said it would provide businesses using Windows 7 with an additional three years of security support, and other users are able to purchase a package of updates, but they would be at greater risk of hacking malware after Tuesday.

“Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to a new PC running Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available,” Microsoft has stated on its website. An upgrade to Windows 10 costs £120.

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