Are You Prepared for Windows 7 End of Life_

Are You Prepared for Windows 7 End of Life?

Mark your calendars for January 14th, 2020 because Microsoft will be ending support on Windows 7 and Server 2008.

What does this mean exactly?

Windows 7 will not be receiving any more security updates or patches from Microsoft. If you still use this version of Windows it is important to know the possible outcomes of maintaining use of it in 2020. If a new vulnerability is found on Windows 7, Microsoft will not release a fix or patch, which will put your data at risk. These unsecured systems can lead to data breaches, liability issues, malware, and other cybersecurity threats. 

There are instances with previous systems that had discontinued security updates from their developers. In 2014 Windows XP was discontinued by Microsoft which caused many users to become victims of a malware attack in 2017. This malware attack was called WannaCry. 

WannaCry is a ransomware worm that encrypts files on a PC’s hard drive which makes it impossible for users to access. The only way for users to decrypt their files is  to pay a ransom in bitcoin. There have been other attacks from WannaCry since 2017. Boeing Commercial Airplanes was a victim of this ransomware that affected a few production machines. Thankfully because of patches readily available to Boeing, it did not take long for the systems to be brought back quickly. Not many companies are effective at being updated with all patches. 

What can you do?

  • Develop a budget and plan to replace or update your computers and servers before 2020
  • Call us for an inventory evaluation
  • Act Now… time is moving fast and we want to help you before it’s too late

How can we help?

  • We offer managed service plans that will keep you up and running with the latest technology
  • Peace of mind for all of your IT, Technology, and security needs on a fixed monthly budget without the need for hefty out-of-pocket expenses

Microsoft plans to make Windows 10 the ‘last’ Windows.  Incremental updates will happen behind the scenes without major upheaval and with no costly and difficult upgrades. You will not need to upgrade to a new operating system again.