January 14, 2020 Microsoft will completely stop supporting Windows 7. As a result, users who are still using Windows 7 are threatened with security.
This security threat takes many forms, such as malware infections that exploit security holes that Microsoft no longer patches. Yes, starting January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7, including releasing security updates for the OS it makes.
Until now there are still those who use Windows 7, although Microsoft has repeatedly reminded users to update their OS to newer versions, such as Windows 8 and now Windows 10.
Even Microsoft has offered a free upgrade for Windows 7 users a few years ago. The goal is to ‘force’ users to leave Windows 7, because ultimately the support will be stopped.
OS without security updates is certainly an easy target for hackers, who prioritize systems that are easily exploited. An example is a group of hackers who infected more than 230 thousand Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 PCs with WannaCry ransomware in 2017.
They take advantage of a loophole called EternalBlue, a loophole stolen by a group of hackers ShadowBrokers from the National Security Agency, which was quoted by detikNet from IBTimes, Sunday (1/12/2019).
Then there were also reports of a hacker invasion of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 in early 2019. Violators could access PCs with OSes that Microsoft also stopped remote support from and infiltrated malware. As a result Microsoft was forced to reuse its engineers to patch a gap in the OS that had retired.
So, for users who still use Windows 7 and don’t want to update to Windows 10, what can they do? One solution is to take part in the Extended Security Renewal Program, which runs until 2023. Does it cost money? USD 50 per device for the first year, USD 100 for the second year, and USD 200 for the third year.