How it works
Technology is constantly improving and manufacturers are producing new models with better in-built security features. Providing special fixes for older models without these features becomes time consuming and expensive for manufacturers to support.
Instead, manufacturers pick a length of time that they will support them. This is like a best-before date for your phone or tablet. After that date, they are known as end-of-life devices and any new security issues will not be fixed – leaving you at higher risk of cyber attack.
Out of date security features
Older devices do not have the constantly improving in-built security features of newer devices.
No support or security fixes
The companies that make devices only provide support for them for a fixed amount of time. For example iPad 1 and 2 are no longer supported by Apple and Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.
When a device is no longer supported, it's known as an end-of-life device and any new security issues will not be fixed. This leaves the device at a higher risk of cyber attacks. A virus on an unsupported device can infect other devices on your home or business network and cause even more problems.