Windows 7 End of Life

Feb 20, 2019

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. After January 14th 2020 Windows 7, Server 2008 and Exchange Server 2010 will no longer be supported by Microsoft and as a result, will not receive any further updates. Your Windows devices will continue to run, however at the cost of being vulnerable to attack. Effectively leaving you wide open to cyberattacks and data breaches.

Windows 7 has been one of the most successful operating systems developed by Microsoft. Its resilience was boosted by the ill-fated Windows 8. In fact, millions of organisations skipped the Windows 8 upgrade and stuck with Window 7. Now the time has come to say goodbye to Windows 7 and upgrade to Windows 10.

We all dislike change; it’s just normal. But when it comes to something important like your security, your company and staff will benefit from having the latest Microsoft products installed.

What does Windows 7 End of Life mean for your Organisation?

Your devices will continue to work but you’ll be using Windows 7 at your own risk. The best security is having a multiple layered approach. As most breaches originate at a user level it’s important to keep this layer secure.

Since GDPR came into effect in May this year, we now have a responsibility to protect any and all data that’s considered private and sensitive, whether it relates to a business or an individual.

New Malware is developed daily so it’s important to understand that anyone continuing to use Windows 7 could be more vulnerable. Without regular patches and security updates, you’re basically at the mercy of hackers.

Preparing for Windows 7 End of Life

Now you know that Windows 7 will not be a safe product to use over the internet. Ask yourself if you’re ready to move into the future with the more modern Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 gets regular patches and updates to keep it secure.

Smart Solutions can survey your environment and ensure everything will be compatible and advise on upgrade options.

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