Although we’ve not heard of anything specific, with the demise of support for Windows 7 on 1/14/2020, don’t be surprised if nefarious scoundrels attempt to deceive users into surrendering personal data or even control of their computers with promises of cheap or free upgrades.
Especially in the consumer market, users may be reluctant or delinquent in upgrading their older equipment and it wouldn’t be surprising for unsuspecting victims to be accosted by web-based attacks threatening dire consequences unless they “upgrade immediately!”
I wouldn’t be surprised if these attacks also come in the form of robo-calls with outlandish claims that an outdated computer has been “detected” and is “compromising other systems.” While these types of tech support scam phone calls are not new, the demise of Windows 7 support may give con artists leverage they can use to social engineer their way into users’ systems or accounts.
WRITING OUT “2020”
I recently heard of a warning regarding the new year, 2020. If you’re used to writing out a date and abbreviating the year using the final 2 digits, like 01/05/19, you might consider not abbreviating the year in 2020.
While it’s not as common to use long hand to write out a date, this year provides a unique opportunity for documents to be easily forged. A date written as 1/5/20 can be easily modified by adding digits to the end making the date either earlier or later than it was intended.