Do you use Google’s Gmail? Do you use Google’s Chrome?

Do you use Windows XP or Vista?

Pay attention

We advised that uses of Windows XP and Windows Vista should discontinue use and upgrade to a more current version of the Windows operating system (Is my operating system obsolete?).

When Microsoft declares one of their operating systems to have reached their end of life, the support for the software is discontinued. Any vulnerabilities which researchers or cyber criminals may find will not be addressed. What this means, if you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista you are choosing to allow computer to be vulnerable to exploitation.

Google Chrome and Gmail

Google, realizing their Chrome browser and Gmail application are widely used, are unable to protect users who are using these operating systems, and thus are declaring their own versions which were compatible obsolete as of tomorrow, 08 February 2017.

Notice from Google:

Starting February 8, 2017, we will show a banner at the top of the Gmail interface for users who are still on Google Chrome Browser v53 and below to encourage upgrading to the latest version of Chrome, currently on version 55. Chrome Browser v55 contains several important security updates.
Gmail users that are still on Windows XP and Windows Vista are the most likely to be affected, because v49 was the last released version which supported those operating systems. As previously announced in April 2015 and November 2015, these systems are no longer maintained by Microsoft, and we strongly encourage you to migrate to more secure and supported systems.

Source: G Suite Update Alerts: Gmail no longer supporting Chrome Browser version 53 and below

Senior Online Safety - G-Suite