Windows 7 users are being urged to upgrade their operating system.

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday onwards, so they can focus on ‘newer technologies’. As a result, users running Windows 7 will not receive any security updates or patches to keep their machine safe. Microsoft wrote on their site that they will not be fixing any flaws found in Windows 7, and without the continued software and security updates Windows 7 machines are more likely to be affected by viruses and malware.

As exploits for flaws become more widely known, with no security patches to ensure that devices are protected, users are at a much higher risk of being successfully infected with viruses. Since one in four Windows users are reportedly still running Windows 7, this announcement will have a significant effect on many Windows users.

The National Cyber Security Centre, part of Britain’s intelligence agency GCHQ, has warned Windows 7 users not to send emails or do any internet banking after Tuesday. A spokesperson for NCSC said “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”.

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