If you use Windows 7, don’t miss the next update
Support is set to end for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, but in order to continue receiving Windows updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 until then, you’ll need to make sure to allow the next update. It’s critical as it adds support for SHA-2 encryption. Without that update, future updates can’t be downloaded.
Microsoft needs to ensure that the operating system updates that end users receive haven’t been tampered with by using SHA-1 and SHA-2 hash algorithms to authenticate the updates. The reason this particular update is critical is that the SHA-1 algorithm has a weakness and can no longer be relied upon.
Since Windows 7 SP1, Windows 2008 SP1, and SP2 rely on SHA-1 encryption, they’ll need updated with support for SHA-2 as the upcoming Windows updates will require it.
Next month, scheduled for March 12, Microsoft is rolling out an update to add support for SHA-2 encryption for its oldest supported operating system. Without this update, you won’t be able to download any future Windows patches.
To prepare for this coming update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 all you’ll need to do is leave your desktop or laptop turned on and the Windows Update will happen. If you have changed your Windows Updates to only notify you of available updates, then you will have to manually check for updates on or after March 12th.
As always, if we can be of help with your network or computer, give us a call here at RHYNO Networks. (855) 749-6648