According to a recent study by the Kaspersky security network, 22% of personal computer users are currently using the end-of-life Windows 7 operating system. The findings are focused on anonymous data gathered from Kaspersky Security Network users who agreed to participate.
Windows XP and Vista was used by fewer than 1% of PC users, according to the researchers. Windows XP support ended in 2014, while Windows Vista support ended in 2017.
Among the Windows 7 users, around 22 percent of users are from small and medium businesses (SMBs), and very small businesses (VSBs), as per the statement of Kaspersky security.
They also mentioned that approximately 72 percent of users are running Windows 10, which is the most recent version of the Windows operating system and comes with modern technical support. Although 24% of users are using a Windows operating system that isn’t supported by the mainstream.
According to a press release, using an operating system that has been deemed end-of-life and hence no longer receives security updates is analogous to driving a vehicle with the brake light on.
A trusted operating system maybe fine on the surface, but if the vendor does not supports it with important updates to the software, then it becomes more vulnerable to attacks.Kaspersky said
Because of the lack of updates, some companies still using Windows 7 are easier targets for cyber-attacks, and will likely face public backlash and loss of differentiation if a data breach occurs.
The operating system update reveals the importance of upgrading the operating system “fixes bugs that can open a gaping door for cyber-criminals to enter”.
OS updates should not be seen as a threat, regardless of third-party cyber security solutions. Users should use an updated operating system and make sure that auto-update is allowed to protect their data, according to the cyber security firm.
When the report is returned, however, the company is responsible for upgrading these systems.