Could your family's privacy be at risk?

Could your family's privacy be at risk?

Published at 2:47pm 9th January 2020. (Updated at 3:03pm 9th January 2020)

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Microsoft are set to end their security updates for Windows 7, meaning private information could be at risk for users across the world.

  • Microsoft will not provide security updates for Windows 7 from Tuesday 14th January 2020.
  • The changes will leave users and businesses who have not upgraded to Windows 8 or 10 at risk.
  • Harrogate tech company Phase 4 Computers are raising awareness of the issue and how they can help users.

Microsoft are ending their technical support for Windows 7 as of Tuesday 14th January 2020, leaving millions of people at risk of having their privacy breached online.

The change will mean Microsoft no longer provide things such as software updates, security updates and fixes, a worrying development considering 28% of people are yet to upgrade to Windows 8 or 10.

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Windows are stopping their support for Windows 7 resulting in security risks for users.

Richard Forth, Director at Phase 4 Computers in Harrogate, explained how users at home will have security issues in that viruses can go unnoticed, even with high quality antiviruses installed:

"Someone will be able to hack in a lot easier than they will have been able to previously and steal personal information.

"For personal users at home it will affect everything in terms of security, so if a new virus comes out then the chances are that even with good anti-virus software then they will go through unnoticed.

"Things like names and dates of birth will be targeted and can then be used for identity theft."

Businesses will also be at risk, as those still running Windows 7 will enable hackers to steal customer data, which can result in a GDPR (general data protection regulations) violation and carry a fine of up to £16 MILLION.

Worried about your PC?

Phase 4 Computers encourage anyone that is worried about their device to take it into their shop on Regent Parade in Harrogate for a FREE assessment.

Richard and the team can then advise whether your PC can run Windows 10 and discuss upgrade options, as well as answer any questions about the changes.

Phase 4 are also offering customers 10% off the upgrade cost should they want to make the move to Windows 8 or 10.

Get in touch with Phase 4 Computers online, on Facebook or give them a call on 01423 525277.

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Phase 4 Computers in Harrogate can help maintain your computer's security and fend off viruses.

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