Microsoft Windows 7 End of Life: What this Means for your Business

Windows 7 End of life: What this means for your business

Microsoft has publicly announced January 14, 2020, as the end date for extended support, also known as End of Life (EOL), for the Windows 7 operating system. As of this date, Microsoft will no longer produce any patches or updates to address known or otherwise newly discovered issues for the Windows 7 platform. This potentially exposes users of devices with the Windows 7 operating system
to vulnerabilities that could potentially be exploited by threat actors—exploits, bugs, viruses, and ransomware. So, if you’re one of the 40% of global organisations still using Windows 7 as your main operating system,* we’d like to help you successfully migrate off of Windows 7.

Prepare and Plan

We will conduct an audit of your technology assets to determine if there are Windows 7 devices and other soon-to be-unsupported hardware or software components in use. To migrate successfully, devices need to have a minimum hardware specification to run Windows 10 at a productive level.

We’ll provide a detailed report showing you which  devices are running Windows 7, Office 2010, how old they are  and if replacing or upgrading is the right strategy. (more…)

Backups for business

Data stored on computers, phones or tablets can be lost – often without any warning.

 

Hardware failure, theft, or malware infection (such as a cryptolocker ransomware attack) can make recovering data that is critical to your business expensive or impossible. To avoid this, you need to backup your data.

 

There are two main options for backing up your business data:

  • portable backup – such as a USB or external hard drive
  • cloud backup

 

Comparison of backup options

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Using Windows XP in 2019

Using Windows XP in 2019

 

Windows XP was first released in 2001 and reached end of life on 8th April 2014. This is when the last Windows security updates were added to Windows Update and Microsoft ceased creating any more patches or fixing any vulnerabilities.

This makes Windows XP systems an easy target for would be hackers and malware creators due to known vulnerabilities. Since April 2018 there have been 4 vulnerabilities published made public. There will be no security updates from Microsoft to fix these issues.

It is estimated that 170 Million computers are still running Windows XP.

 

The risks of using Windows XP in 2019

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Imagine your servers crashing during the busiest season of the year. Do you have a plan to get back up and running in minutes?

Imagine your servers crashing during the busiest season of the year. Do you have a plan to get back up and running in minutes?

These days, it?s not a matter of if your business will experience downtime, but when. Your safest bet is to plan for the worst.