Cybersecurity: Stop transmitting sensitive information through Windows 7 – Minister

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Against the backdrop of the need to adequately protect both individuals’ and corporate data in the cyberspace as new technologies evolve in modern times, Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, has warned Nigerians to desist from transmitting sensitive data on the Internet with devices powered by Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System (OS).

The Punch reports that Mukhtar Sadiq, Technical Assistant on Government Digital Services and Innovation, in a statement said Dr. Pantami urged consumers of the tech product to use the latest OS available when transmitting sensitive data.

According to the Minister, the development followed the end of support for the Windows 7 Operating System by Microsoft, starting from January 14, 2020.

“With the official end of support of the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, 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 progressively be more vulnerable to viruses and malware,” the statement said.

It further revealed that, “in the light of this, the Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa 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.

“The best way to remain secure is to use the latest operating systems available.”

Dr. Pantami also advised individuals using devices powered by Windows 7 to implement “some precautionary measures” to protect themselves from breach of privacy and loss of critical data.

According to him, the measures include keeping security software up to date; keeping all other applications up to date; and being more skeptical on downloads and e-mails accessed.

“The minister in his efforts to propagate the importance of cybersecurity and to ensure that cyberthreats are quickly identified and contained will from time to time alert the general public on important events and measures to ensure that people can feel safe online,” added the statement.

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