Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Unsupported software does not receive security updates, putting your computer at risk. To avoid security-related risks and support issues, upgrade to Windows 10. If your organization decides against upgrading, security experts recommend:

  • Remove the computer or device from all networks. Unplug the network cable and disable all wi-fi capabilities. Label the computer to remind others not to connect the computer to the Internet or any other networks.
  • Use encrypted USB flash drives to transport data. Regularly scan these flash drives with anti-virus software to ensure that no viruses will be introduced to the Windows 7 machine.

If removing the computer from all networks is not possible, isolate it as much as possible:

  • Isolate the computer or device to a protected network. Restrict access to and from the machine to allow only authorized users and systems.
  • Prohibit web and email browsing. Do not allow web browsers or email programs to be used to be used on the machine. Most threats to a computer are encountered on the web and in email. Label the computer to remind others that web browsing and email access is not permitted.

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