We recently announced the Windows 7 End of Life (EOL), which has been active since January 14, 2020. If you have not yet upgraded to Windows 10, we recommend the following security measures to patch and protect your system against advanced malware threats.
Purchase and install Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU).
- These ESU are available through January 14, 2023, and include critical and important security updates as defined by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC).
Use Microsoft Edge versus Internet Explorer (IE)
Utilize supportive software
Keep your antivirus solution current
- Microsoft Security Essentials and free antivirus solutions for Windows 7 no longer receive security updates, so be certain that your third-party antivirus application is fully activated and up-to-date.
Minimize Internet and WiFi usage
- If your current task does not require a web connection, disconnect your computer from the internet to deflect intrusions. Be certain to disable your WiFi or unplug your ethernet cable to ensure your system is properly disconnected.
Avoid using Administrator accounts
- If your standard account is hacked, only that account will be affected versus an entire network; so limit your Administrator account usage to essential cases (e.g., installing/updating software), otherwise maintain standard account usage.
Following these tips will keep your Windows 7 operating system secure until you are ready to migrate to Windows 10.
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