How long might I continue use this last ever version of Brave on Windows 7 before it becomes a serious liability? Is there any way to know for sure? I’m certain this situation is bound to become a reality sooner or later, perhaps sooner, or perhaps it already has. I’m not abandoning Windows 7 on this laptop, for reasons I’ll mention in a second. If it comes down to it, I’ll just not get online anymore with this PC. Obviously, I’d rather not have to do that, but when Firefox also stops their updates for Windows 7 later this year, my assumption is that it will be only a matter of time before I have no choice other than to remain offline, unless I want to expose myself to an enormous risk (correct me I’m wrong in assuming such, please). My #1 reason for not wanting to switch to another OS is that I have antiquated hardware on this PC I’m concerned would not be usable on Windows 10/11 because of old drivers that were never updated for a newer operating system. It’s an old but fantastic sound card and accompanying software I’m comfortable with and would be very upset to not have access to anymore. I’m sure a lot of you out there are experiencing a similar situation, and like me, feel yourself approaching the date at which you’ll be in a pinch. I’ve other computers I can browse the web on, but the point is that I want to keep this PC from being bricked because of an exploit that I exposed myself to by using an obsolete browser. Thanks in advance to all the helpful souls here on the forum that I know will attend to my question with grace and professionalism.
So, how long can I continue to use Brave Version 1.47.186 Chromium: 109.0.5414.11 before it's a hazard?
@NotABot123 there’s no real date anyone can give you and no “guaranteed” threat. You already have your biggest liability by still using Windows 7, which is going without security updates and doesn’t have good protections. In terms of the browser, you also are susceptible to more due to older protections.
This means any new types of threats would not be able to be detected and stopped. Also the “defenses” your OS and browser would normally provide will be outdated and unable to recognize a number of threats (even older ones, not just new).
You may very well be able to use it forever without encountering any hazards. It’s not like viruses and hackers are sitting everywhere you go and will “get you” as soon as you don’t update. That said, there is enough going on in the world that the threat is fairly credible and enough to be concerned about. Hence why you’re always advised to keep things updated so that you can have the best protection.
The bigger issue might just be that features may stop working, such as Sync, Rewards, and Shields. Also as technology keeps advancing, there may be content you can’t access as well. But again, I’m not sure anyone can sit here and tell you a specific timeframe.
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