All things come to an end – and this includes Windows 7 operating system.
On January 14, 2020, we will officially bid farewell to Windows 7 and Server 2008. Microsoft announced early in 2018 that they will no longer update and provide patches for computers once the deadline passes. That means Windows 7 machines will stop receiving security updates and feature enhancements. However, that doesn’t mean your computer will stop working. You will still be able to boot up your machine, use your email, access Microsoft Office apps, and browse the web, BUT you will be susceptible to cyber threats.
Hackers work tirelessly to find windows to break into your network – and in this case the “window” is Microsoft (pun intended) announcing that they are discontinuing support for Windows 7 and Server 2008. Traditionally, hackers find a vulnerability and design malware or a virus to exploit it. Once Microsoft or Apple are aware of this, they develop a fix, and release a security update to patch up the vulnerability. Unfortunately, since Microsoft is no longer offering support, you’re out of luck. If a hacker finds a vulnerability and exploits it, your computer could be infected, and your data could be stolen, and gone for good.
To keep your computer and data private and protected, here’s what you should do to prepare. Work with your IT provider to create a plan for your computers. You can either upgrade or replace them – depending on age. If the machine is older than 2.5 years, we recommend replacing it. Given the time it takes to perform these updates, it’s not worth it for a machine that has less than 2 years of operation left. Plus, some older computers don’t have enough performance to support Windows 10. If your computer is less than 2 years old, we recommend that you upgrade the software and replace your machine later.
January 2020 is around the corner, so don’t wait until the last minute. When the time comes, it’s possible that certain software’s won’t be compatible with Win 7. Programs that you use on a day-to-day basis may suddenly stop working. This will be very disruptive for you and could have a negative effect on downtime and productivity.
If you value your business, this isn’t a choice. With each passing day it becomes even more critical for you to upgrade. If you wait, your IT provider might not be able to help you before the year ends. You will be at the back of a long line, and if you pass January 14 without a solution, you will regret it.
If you would like us to help create a plan for your business, call us at (416) 966-3306 or email [email protected], and we would be happy to assist!