2 December 2019

No more access to UU network for Windows 7 and older

To ensure the security of the UU network, it is important for you to use the most up-to-date version of an operating system (such as Windows 10), with all the available updates installed. Vulnerabilities are often present in outdated versions as they are no longer provided with the latest security updates. This increases the risk of security incidents when these devices are connected to the UU network.

No more access to UU network for Windows 7 and older

 As of 14 January 2020, Microsoft (the supplier of Windows) will stop issuing security updates for Windows 7. From then on, computers that still run that version of Windows will therefore be vulnerable to security incidents. Versions older than Windows 7 (Vista, XP) have been vulnerable for some time. 

To protect the UU network, computers and laptops with operating systems Windows 7 and older will therefore no longer be permitted to access the UU network after January 2020.

 What does this mean for me?

Are you using Windows 7 or older? If so, you will no longer be able to connect to the UU network (e.g. eduroam) using these operating systems after January 2020. In this case, you have two options:

 

  • Upgrade your operating system to a newer version of Windows. Visit SURFspot to check if you qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10.
  • Use a loan laptop. These can be booked using the FSC report form. Log in with your Solis-id and password and click on ‘Request services' and 'Book AV equipment’.