May 2017. Over 200,000 Windows XP worldwide users fall victim to one of the most notorious widespread ransomware attacks: WannaCry. The users were an easy target because three years prior, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, meaning that it no longer received maintenance and security patching. While WannaCry wasn’t the only exploit that targeted the now-exposed Windows XP vulnerabilities, it was certainly the most widespread and devastating.
Fast-forward to today. Microsoft Windows 7 is rapidly approaching its end of support on Jan. 14, 2020. In 2016, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela warned about the risks of using Windows 7 due to the software’s age and increasing compatibility concerns with everything from printers to line-of-business applications. In 2017, Microsoft issued warnings that Windows 7 is dangerously insecure.Read the rest of this entry »