GCHQ: don’t use Windows 7 machines for Banking

A statement from GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Over the last month or so I have been posting regularly on my own and the CTO’s LinkedIn pages about upgrading to Windows 10 in light of Windows 7 going End-of-Support.

As a Consultant/Sales Executive with CTO, I think some Users are sceptical and view this recommendation as a revenue generating exercise for myself and the company. It is with great pleasure, therefore,  I release the following independent statement from a spokesman at GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC):

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

“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.”

Despite such advice, some people are stubbornly sticking to Windows 7.  Consequently hackers and other miscreants are going to be all over the OS and if they can find an exploit, it won’t generally be fixed by Microsoft on upcoming Patch Tuesdays.

In short, upgrade. Yes, it’s a pain but so is being hacked by strangers on the internet.

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