Cybercriminals are using a security vulnerability called BlueKeep to install malicious software on devices using older versions of Windows

Cybercriminals are using a security vulnerability called BlueKeep. To install malicious software on devices using older versions of Windows. The Australian Cyber Security Centre has received numerous reports regarding this threat. Devices that don’t have the latest software updates. Once the hackers have access to your system through the BlueKeep exploit. Cybercriminals can install malicious software that mines virtual currency. Install ransomware that locks up your data or steal your personal or financial information.

Does it affect me?

If you are using older versions of Microsoft software, you might be at risk. Microsoft has provided free patches for vulnerable software versions. For instance: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008. Out-of-support systems including Windows 2003 and Windows XP.

How do I stay safe?

If your system is running Window’s software that is older than Windows 10. Kindly download the free updates to fix the also BlueKeep vulnerability (“patches”) available from Microsoft. Little time spent patching your Windows now could save you or your business weeks or months repairing the damage caused by a cybercriminal. If you’re a business and you are required to use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) such as for remote administration or any other task, it is necessary that you install the relevant patches and implement the other mitigation advice provided by the ACSC:

Bluekeep Advisory – CVE-2019-0708. For security reasons, Window’s users shouldn’t access RDP directly from the internet. It is also better to use Virtual Private Network with two-factor authentication if RDP is required, whichever version of Window’s you are running. You can also reach us at 1300 660 368 and one of our team members can help you in staying safe from the BlueKeep vulnerability.

Still using Windows 7? It will be a risk!

All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. But you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10.

Between now and then, the operating system (OS) is in an in-between phase known as “extended support.” During this phase, Microsoft is offering paid support, though not the complimentary support that comes with the license; and will continue to provide security updates, but not design and feature updates.

Every Product has a Life Cycle

Every Windows product has a life cycle.  Like many Microsoft products, Windows 7 came with a predetermined support timeline. It’s good to know a product’s support life cycle so that you know when to upgrade.
However, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from using Windows 7 even after its End of Life. But you should know that using an outdated operating system makes your computer vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

Vulnerable to Viruses & Threats

“End of life” is the date after which an application is no longer supported by the company that makes it. Imagine using a product that a company doesn’t want to take responsibility for anymore. You’ll be using the product at your own risk. This means that Microsoft will not take responsibility for loss of data due to security breaches on Windows 7. New computer viruses and other malware are developed all the time and, without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system are vulnerable.

Upgradation is the Solution

Windows 7 has been one of the most successful operating systems developed by Microsoft. Its resilience has been boosted by many conspiracies and controversies surrounding Windows 8. In fact, millions of organizations skipped the Windows 8 upgrade and stuck with Window 7. Many businesses are still not convinced that Windows 10 is any better than Windows 8. Even though there are numerous valid reasons to stay with Windows 7, it’s time to start preparing for the inevitable upgrade.

Now you know that the Windows 7 OS will not be a safe product to use over the internet in a couple of years. So you have to ask yourself if you’re ready to move into the future with the more modern Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 gets regular patches and updates to keep it secure. It will install on most devices and machines with no problems or issues, but Microsoft does have a vast array of help and support documents on their website in case you run into trouble.

Contact our Microsoft specialists who can provide more information on upgrading your system to Windows 10 without any hassle. Email us at helpdesk@cspro.com.au or call us at 1300 660 368.

Update Windows platforms to protect yourself from a security threat

Microsoft has released a software update to fix a security flaw in some older versions of Windows. For instance: Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The update addresses a vulnerability that attackers may use to gain unauthorised access or to perform other malicious activity.

Does it affect me?

If you are also using an older version of Windows. For instance: Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2, you could be affected.

You have Windows 8 or 10. Microsoft advises you are not affected by this vulnerability.

To find out which Windows operating system you’re using, check the Microsoft website.

To find out which also Windows operating system you’re also using, check the Microsoft website.

How do I stay safe?

To protect yourself, you should install the software update to older versions of Windows as soon as possible. Microsoft has issued customer guidance on how to update older Microsoft operating systems.

Why is using current update software important?

Microsoft will also not provide official security updates or fixes to Windows 7 after 14 January 2020. You should consider upgrading to Windows 8 or 10 in the near future.

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