7 tips to Windows 7 Support End Of Life
If you are one of the many who is still using the Windows 7 operating system there is a chance you have heard of or even have seen the information circulating the internet right now that is letting people know that their Windows 7 devices are no longer supported. This has caused some confusion for many people who only use their devices to do things like browse the internet, listen to music, or check their email. Our experience however, also provides evidence that many of those people also pay bills online. If you are one of those people who is still using Windows 7, regardless of whether or not you pay your bills online, your information is potentially at risk. If you are a Business using Windows 7, there may be a possibility that you can pay for continued security support, or what they would call extended security support for business and professional systems.
In addition to educating yourself on what phishing and scams are, you should make sure to educate your family or other users of the devices, especially if they are shared. If you are a business, it would be wise educate your employees on phishing and scam emails and links as well as safely and securely browsing the internet. With all that being said we have done some research to help those who are still using the operating system for whatever reason stay as safe as they can. Here are the 7 tips to Windows 7 Support End of Life:
1. If you don't already have one, it is highly suggested to get a Antivirus, as Windows security updates wont happen, a third party security application is highly recommended. We don't have a particular preference as to which security application, however there are many free yet amazing antivirus software programs available that will do the job without a subscription. Of course you can always subscribe to your preferred program for additional security features.
2. Remove any unused or unnecessary programs or files. This can sometimes be easy, or sometimes very difficult depending on how organized you have kept your digital life.
3. White-list sensitive applications. You can go into your setting and prevent certain applications from going online on public networks, such as banking applications going online at a Starbucks. This process could take a whole blog post to explain on it's own, so stay tuned and lean how in the next few weeks!
4. Invest in or obtain a free VPN or Virtual Private Network. This is like a secondary firewall of security for your computer. These types of applications link you to the internet on any connection by going through the VPN secure connection they provide. This is like carrying around a security application for your network.
5. Use a secured and trusted password manager or keychain. A majority of operating systems have security features that will collect, protect, and help to fight the theft of your personal login information. It is highly recommended these applications be used either way and on any operating system.
6. Lock down USB ports. This can be time consuming to go into device setting and disable all ports, then enable them when you need them, and then disable them again. But this can act as another method of security.
7. Just stay off the Internet. This may be pointless to do with a computer in this day and age, but if you just want to play solitare or minesweep that should do.