Currently using Windows 7 in your business? Listen up! In this article, we look at the ‘need to know’ for Windows 7 users as the operating system approaches its end of life date.
Alas, 2020 is upon us, and may this be a final reminder that as of Tuesday 14th January, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. So, if you haven’t done so already, now is definitely the time to make the shift to newer, more powerful devices.
What will happen with my Windows 7 devices?
Perhaps the first question that Windows 7 users have is: “will we be able to use our computer with the Windows 7 operating system after the product’s official end of life date?”. The answer to that is questions is yes, but what should certainly not be ignored are the potential security vulnerabilities which Windows 7 users will be exposed due to the lack of security updates.
The official word from Microsoft
Microsoft have underlined the importance of upgrading your operating system: “You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate, but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.”
Is Windows 7 really a data security risk?
By ending support for the Windows 7 operating system (which was launched in July 2009), Microsoft will stop rolling-out updates with new features and security updates including protection against malware. That means any new bugs, glitches, issues or vulnerabilities with the software will no longer be fixed – and can be leveraged from if discovered by cyber criminals. Security patches and updates from Microsoft are essential to fixing these vulnerabilities.
By continuing to use Windows 7 past its end of life date, individuals and organisations are potentially putting their data in jeopardy, and in the case of commercial organisations, that can mean falling foul of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires you have the latest security updates in place.
What you need to do…
MFG strongly recommends that everyone upgrades to Windows 10 to ensure every computer is on the most secure platform and to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.
Furthermore Windows 10 users can also take advantage of the amazing business collaboration and productivity tools that Microsoft Office 365 has to offer.
Give MFG a call
MFG customers please contact your account manager to discuss your options and schedule your organisation’s roll-out of Windows 10 to keep your business secure and protected.
Non-customers, if you use Windows 7 and your current IT provider hasn’t contacted you, then you should call them now. Or of course, please feel free to also give MFG a call for a no obligation chat to discuss your organisation’s options.