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Windows 7, from now on no more support, and woe to the security
WINDOWS 7 will be retired. From today, the Microsoft no longer enjoyed the support extended. This means that every pc with this operating system from now on will be more exposed to cyber attacks and viruses. According to the forecast of Veritas Technologies, a company of cybersecurity, the main danger is represented by the ransomware, those malicious software (malware) that are capable of limiting access to the computer and forcing you to pay a ransom for their release. Among the most extraordinary cases, we cannot forget the virus Wannacry 2017 put under attack the computer systems of numerous companies and institutions, including Boeing, FedEX and the Health of the United Kingdom. Italy itself, according to data from Trend Micro, is one of the countries most affected by this kind of attacks.

"in Spite of the supported computers are provided in the patch against the cryptoworm, Europol has estimated that approximately 200 thousand devices in 150 countries, with software that is old and no longer supported, have been infected by WannaCry. Although they were paid a ransom only 130 thousand dollars, it is considered that the impact on the business is the state of millions of dollars, due to loss of productivity, loss of data and hardware damaged", they explain from Veritas Technologies.

remember that Windows 7, although it dates to October 2009, according to StatCounter, holds in the field of Windows a world share of 26,79 percent, compared with eur 65.4% of Windows 10. In Italy the scenario is not very different from the global figure: considered as the basis of all the Windows you have installed, that is the 21,87%, against the 70,45% of Windows 10. Yet, careful data and anti-virus From here the council acts immediately. "It is therefore essential for those who use Windows 7 to act now and put in place plans to ensure that they are able to protect themselves. Companies must understand their data and make sure that the information is stored in appropriate places, where they can be protected and made available when needed," recommended that you Ian Wood , senior director, Emea cloud & governance business practices of Veritas. Windows 7, a location in stages, Microsoft has stopped selling licenses of Windows 7 in 2014, predicted the end of traditional support for January 2015 and the end of that extended to January 2020. In summary, will no longer provide operating system updates and even technical assistance. Of course, Windows 7 will continue to work on the pc where it is installed, but in the presence of cyber attacks that exploit the weaknesses, there will be a way of addressing the critical issues.

The only defense tool remains Microsoft Security Essential (Mse), the anti-virus software integrated into the system. Will continue to receive updates related to the new virus, but these will shortly against any vulnerability linked to the architecture of Windows 7. And the same will be true in case you have antivirus alternative such as Avast, Kaspersky and other. The recommended upgrade A Windows 7 user today should start thinking about upgrading your pc to a new operating system, provided that the integrated hardware is adequate. The ideal would be to switch to Windows 10 using the online tool from Microsoft that allows for the downloading and the activation-free software. The advice is to consult before the "minimum system requirements" that are required and make sure you have an official license of Windows 7. The other option is to focus on one of the many Linux distributions free, such as Ubuntu.

another possibility – recommended only to those who can not renounce to specific software – is to pay for the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) which provides regular updates and support until January 2023, but only for large firms and smes.

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