Microsoft officially ended support for the Windows 7 operating system on 14th January, meaning many users could now be vulnerable to a range of security threats if they continue to use the now unsupported version.
The popular operating system, which was released 11 years ago, will no longer receive security updates or new features from Microsoft, while third-party software will also begin to stop supporting its use on Windows 7.
A Microsoft spokesman said: “If you continue to use an unsupported version of Windows, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
“Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.”
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the public-facing arm of GCHQ, has warned people not to do internet banking or use emails from computers with Windows 7.
A spokesperson for the NCSC said: “The NCSC would encourage people to upgrade devices currently running Windows 7, allowing them to continue receiving software updates which help protect their devices.
“We would urge those using the software after the deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts.
“They should also consider accessing email from a different device.”
Currently, Farmplan customers can access their software on Windows 7, although users will receive warning messages when launching their respective program. However, any future updates of software will no longer be compatible with the operating system, due to the security risks to your personal and business data.
Andrew Smith, Hardware Manager at Farmplan, said: “It’s extremely important to consider upgrading your machinery to the latest version of Windows as the threat to your data is very real. We understand the importance of identifying the right computer for your needs and our team has a vast range of experience in ensuring you get the most out of your new purchase.
“The equipment we supply is based on our knowledge of Farmplan product requirements and careful testing of the programs, while making sure that you won’t be susceptible to external threats.”
From collecting your old hardware direct from your door to providing you with the right computer with your existing data transferred over, Farmplan can guide you through the entire process, providing highly valued pre-sales assistance and after-care support.
“There may be a short-term cost in migrating outdated equipment to a new and secure Windows 10 device, but in a world where all your information is held on your computer or online, consider the cost of doing nothing,” Andrew added.