The time when Microsoft does not support Windows 7 is getting closer, but there are still many people who have not upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10. In order to reduce the security risk of Windows 7 users' devices, what should be done?

According to a survey conducted on the 23rd of this month, although most people are concerned about Windows security talk, one-third of Microsoft users still cannot guarantee Windows security because they have not upgraded to Windows 10.

Microsoft says it will end its security support for Windows 7 home users on January 14th next year, and will charge more for enterprise users.

According to 1E's "Windows 10 2020: Beyond the migration" report, 82% of organizations only upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 because Windows 10 is securer. However, 32% of users who have not upgraded to Windows 10 and 56 % of users who upgraded to Windows 10 said that this slow upgrade is not good.

More than 66% of companies in the leisure and entertainment industry, financial services, media, public sector, construction and real estate industries have upgraded their operating systems to Windows 10, while 65% of retail, distribution and shipping companies have upgraded to Windows 10.

Upgrade Lethargic Causes Troubles to Windows 7 Legacy Devices

There are many Microsoft users who often complain that some applications or hardware must use Windows 7. But 1E CEO Sumir Karayi said: "If you have very specific applications that will not run on Windows 7, and there aren't that many, you can still run them on virtual instances of Windows 7".

Karayi also believes that it is not practical to pay for the extended support of Windows 7, because the price will get higher and higher over time. He thinks "everything in your power to stay current going forward."

The Way to Increase the Windows Security for Windows 7 Users

Maor Hizkiev, CTO at BitDam warns that "If an attack reaches an endpoint, the likelihood of the adversary being able to exploit it is significantly higher when compared to a machine that is updated and fully patched." He also believes that many attacks are successful because the attack is a vulnerability that has been discovered but not fixed.

The US Department of Homeland Security also issued a security warning to Windows 7 users.

Boris Cipot, a senior security engineer at Synopsys deems that it is dangerous to keep an unsupported operating system on the network. If you want to keep it, you should treat the operating system as high-risk environments – only allow other parts of the network perform the minimum necessary communication and also need to monitor this operating system at any time.

Igor Baikalov, chief scientist at Securonix said that although not everyone likes to use Windows 10, upgrading the operating system to Windows 10 can avoid wasting time and money.

The Market of Windows

According to Windows operating system market share statistics, most people have the common thoughts that it is not worth upgrading to Windows 10.

But actually, Windows 10 usage has exceeded other operating systems this June, accounting for 58.21% of PCs connecting to the internet. While Windows 7 had a 31.96% market share, which wasn’t too far behind. As for Windows 8 (1.74%) and Windows XP (1.71%), they only account for a small number of market and are not competitive.

It is getting closer and closer that Microsoft will be no longer supporting Windows 7, and the market for Windows 7 will fall dramatically.

Tarik Saleh, senior security engineer and malware researcher at DomainTools suggests that if you have a business that must use Windows 7, it is important to get Microsoft's extended support for Windows 7 before you plan to upgrade your system to Windows 10, which will allow your organization to reduce the risk of exploitation and compromise by 2023.

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