Microsoft announced that, as of 13 January 2016, it will no longer release security patches nor provide technical support for Windows 8.0.

If there are any holes that hackers stumble across, they will be unpatched and essentially leave your operating system insecure. So if you haven’t upgraded, you’re encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 also faced the end of the line on January 13.  However, IE 11 will continue to be supported with security patches and technical support.

What to do if you’re still using Windows 8.0?

Upgrade or risk being hacked.

If you’re still running 8.0, you’re not alone. In December 2015, there were estimated 48 million machines still running Windows 8.0.

Users have the option to either upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to ensure they continue to receive security patches and technical support.

What to do if you’re still using IE 8, 9 or 10?

Microsoft is advising users to first upgrade to IE 11 before they remove IE 8, 9 or 10 from their system.

If you’d like advice, you can speak with our expert IT consultants on 01235 426700.

Riverbank Clients – if this applies to you we have your upgrade in hand, but if you have any questions about this, please get in touch with your account manager.