What You Need To Know
If you’re one of the estimated 30%+ of businesses still on the outdated Windows 7 platform, consider this your wake-up call. Time is nearly up for the trusty, tried-and-true operating system. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. That means no more updates, security or otherwise, will be offered by the company from that date forward.
The clock’s been ticking on Windows 7
Ever since Microsoft ended mainstream support back in 2015, the clock has been ticking. Windows 7 will still technically be usable after next January, but this upcoming shift will spell trouble for users who’ve stuck it out. Not only will Windows 7 become progressively more unstable as modern hardware outpaces the software, but cyber-criminals are certain to flock to the operating system. Eager to pick off easy targets left vulnerable by the lack of ongoing security updates.
If you’re running a business, this is a risk you can’t afford. It’s time to contact us and make preparations to upgrade, in advance of the January 14 deadline. Whether you’re planning on seamlessly transitioning to Windows 10 or moving on to an alternative operating system, this is a task that needs to be at the top of your list.
Don’t Leave Yourself Vulnerable
Since Windows 7 will continue to work after January 14, you may wonder why you can’t just stick it out and keep using the platform. The answer is you can – but you absolutely shouldn’t. In fact, the risks and problems this decision would pose, make an upgrade less of a decision and more of an eventuality.
Hardware & Software
Modern software is no longer designed with Windows 7 in mind. This includes old software that’s been upgraded since the world moved on from the operating system. As technology progresses at breakneck speed, more and more programs will become unusable in Windows 7.
The same goes for hardware. Tech equipment advances exponentially year by year. In order to take advantage of these improvements, you need an operating system equipped to handle these new capabilities and features. What’s more, as the hardware progresses, it may become incompatible with Windows 7 altogether.
However, the main concern will be the security of your network. As time goes on, new vulnerabilities are exploited in even the most well-designed operating systems. Developers continuously release security patches to fight against hackers. With every annoying update you’re forced to install on your machine, you’re protecting yourself from becoming a victim.
After Windows 7’s end of life, these updates will stop. That means that any users still on the platform – and there will be a lot of them – will be exposed to the increasingly crafty exploits used by hackers. Cyber-criminals, attracted to the lowest-hanging fruit, will come for Windows 7 users, eager to pick at the scraps.
Time To Act Now
Of course, we’re still at least six months out from the Windows 7 end-of-life date. That may seem like a lot of time. When it comes time to actually make the transition, though, you’ll need all the time you can get.
Instead of putting it off to the last minute and potentially leaving yourself vulnerable, contact Avenir IT as soon as possible to initiate the upgrade process. You’ll leave yourself ample time to iron out any issues as they arise without the added pressure of an imminent deadline.