Here’s what you need to know.
On January 14th, 2020 Microsoft will officially be bowing out of Windows 7. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for Windows 7 users and will not be releasing patches or software updates.
You may be asking, will I still be able to use my computer after January 14? The answer is yes. You can continue to operate your computer loaded with Windows 7 as normal. You will still be able to access e-mails, browse the web, etc. Nevertheless, your security is at risk.
With the end of updates to the operating system, Windows 7 will be extremely vulnerable to attacks. Regular patches fix programming holes and errors before hackers find them and damage your network. Without them, there is nothing protecting you from malware and viruses that can steal your business data or hold it for ransom. Vulnerabilities that were not fixed in Windows 7 now have the opportunity to be taken advantage of without the risk of being stopped.
You have a few options to keep your business running smoothly and protected:
- Purchase A New Computer
New computers are equipped with Windows 10 and include new features like facial recognition unlocking and touch screen. They are also surprisingly affordable.
2. Backup Your Stuff and Hope For The Best
To be clear, we highly discourage this option.
3. Update Your System
Update your Operating System to Windows 10. This will give you the regular security updates and support you need to keep your business safe.
Windows 7 was introduced to the public in 2009. It’s been 10 years— in technology terms, that’s a lot. You’ve probably changed your phone a couple of times since. A security threat is not an if, in this situation, it’s a question of when.
It is also worth noting that Office 2010 will reach its end of support in October of 2020. Updating to Office 2019 or subscribing to Office 365 are the options you need to start looking at now.