Windows 7 End Of Life
So, What Happens Next?
Don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom. For those of you who still like and want to keep using Windows 7, you can. But you will need to perform some manual actions to keep yourself and your data safe.
On the 22nd of January 2020, Microsoft will basically pull the pin on any new Security or Performance Updates. This means that you are going to have to fend for yourself when it comes to some crucial areas.
You will need to obtain a 3rd party Anti Virus and Firewall program, Windows defender, or Microsoft Security Essentials if you are using it will no longer give you fresh virus and malware definitions. So, if you don't already use a full Internet Security Program you will need to subscribe or purchase.
There are many options to choose from, you can google search for these programs and look at user reviews before you make a decision. You still have some time to get this all in order.
For a personal PC running Windows 7 this would be sufficient. Keep your passwords and your identification safe. Some of the Internet Security platforms offered today have some kind of password vault that can encrypt your passwords and you only have to remember a master password. Some browsers also have this feature.
As you will no longer be receiving cumulative updates you will need to be proactive in keeping your programs up to date. Some programs have self updater, and some you will have to do manually.
Avoid "3rd Party Driver and Software Updater Programs" these are most likely Malware mascaraing as a helpful security aid.
If you are running a business, Forget about maintaining Windows 7. It would be a nightmare to keep your fleet of machines in line. It is highly recommended that you upgrade to Windows 10. Having to juggle the above would be a feat in itself as well as running your business.
No matter what your choice, we support you.
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