Support for Windows 7 ended this week which means that security or software updates will no longer be provided by Microsoft.
Windows 7 will continue to run however it will be more vulnerable to viruses and malware. The best way to remain secure is to use the latest operating system available.
Microsoft have a dedicated webpage for user questions, next steps and detailed advice.
Microsoft resolve vulnerability following NSA report
The US National Security Agency (NSA) identified a vulnerability in Windows 10 this week which could have been exploited by hackers.
The flaw, which was reported to Microsoft by the NSA, existed in a core component of Windows known as crypr32.dll and could allow an attacker to undermine how the program verifies cryptographic trust and enable remote code execution.
Microsoft’s January security release contained a patch for this vulnerability and other security updates. Users should apply this security release as soon as is practicable, if they haven’t done so already.
In addition, Windows 10 users should ensure they have updated to the latest version, Windows 10 1909.
You should always ensure apps and software are updated with the latest version when prompted. Switching these to update automatically on your device is a great way to ensure you remain secure. The NCSC has published top tips on keeping you and your family safe online, which includes guidance on updating devices and software as well as how to utilise password managers and set up two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever it is available.
Threat of cyber attacks keeping business leaders up at night
The threat of hackers and cyber attacks have moved to the top of business leaders’ worry lists, as revealed by a new survey from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).
The survey of 2,718 executives across 102 countries, highlighted that cyber incidents have topped the poll for the first time ever. It was listed by 39% of respondents as their biggest concern. Just seven years ago, cyber incidents ranked 15th on the list with 6% choosing it.
Awareness of cyber threats has grown rapidly in recent years, driven partly by businesses’ growing reliance on their data and IT systems – as well as several high-profile incidents.
The NCSC has guidance which can help businesses protect themselves from cyber security risks. These include: