The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Pantami is alerting the general public on the risks of using Windows 7 powered devices for internet-based services that require the use of sensitive information such as internet banking.
He noted that the best way to remain secure is to use the latest Operating Systems available.
Pantami made the disclosure in a statement signed by Mukhtar Sadiq, the Technical Assistant (Government Digital Services & Innovation) to the Minister.
He explained that with the official End of Support (EoS) of the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System (OS), which came into effect on 14th January 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support and security or software updates for the platform.
“Systems running on Windows 7 OS will continue to work, however, they will be progressively more vulnerable to viruses and malware. The public should, therefore, ensure that security software is up to date, and every other application.”
The Minister, therefore, called 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 added that the Ministry will not hesitate to alert the public from time to time on the importance of cybersecurity