With Microsoft no longer providing technical support and security or software updates for the systems running on Windows 7 OS, the Federal Government (FG) has warned Nigerians to desist from using such devices to avoid becoming vulnerable to viruses and malware.
Recall that Microsoft had officially declared End of Support (EoS) of the Microsoft Windows 7 OS effective January 14.
In view of this, the FG’s warning is to avoid the vulnerability that could lead to loss of data and money, when using devices that are powered by the solution.
Systems running on Windows 7 OS will continue to work, however, they will be progressively more vulnerable to viruses and malware.
In light of this, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, in a statement signed by his Technical Assistant on Government Digital Services and Innovation, Mukhtar Sadiq, while alerting the general public on the risk of using Windows 7 powered devices, said the best way to remain secure was to use the latest Operating Systems available.
According to Pantami, “We are therefore calling on all Windows 7 users to immediately implement some precautionary measures to help to protect themselves from breach of privacy and loss of critical data.”
He listed some of the measures to include: keeping security software up to date; keeping all other applications up to date; and being more skeptical on downloads and emails accessed.
The minister, in efforts to propagate the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that cyber threats are quickly identified and contained, said he would from time to time alert the general public on important events and measures to ensure that people can feel safe online.
As an alternative to Windows 7, Microsoft has advised people and organisations to upgrade to the new Windows 10 Enterprise, which is the special edition of Windows 10 included in the SKU.
“We will generally use the word “subscribe,” although there are still SKUs that include perpetual rights. It is also now possible to purchase the Windows Enterprise edition without paying an annual fee, but then only the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) of the software may be used. Purchasing options and use rights for Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 are located in the monthly Microsoft Product Terms document,” Microsoft said in a statement.