URGENT Security Warning For Businesses Running Windows 7. Microsoft is ending support for the operating system starting January 14, 2020.
Your computer network is more important than ever. And so are the computers powering your business or organization. This is especially true if your computer network is still running Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system which the company plans to retire support for on January 14, 2020.
Not only does that mean that any computer with the operating system installed will be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at taking control of your network, it also means that business data will be exposed to theft, computer system crashes and the possibilities of a host of other business-crippling problems you do NOT want to have to deal with.
What does end of support mean?
All things considered, when Windows 7 reaches end of support, or End-of-Life (EOL) on January 14, 2020, computers running the operating system will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
- Technical support for any issues
- Software updates
- Security updates or fixes, plus,
- Related services for Windows 7 will also be discontinued over time
Equally important, major business applications may stop working because vendors no longer trust Windows 7 as a secure operating system.
In fact, Intuit is encouraging the users of its products to upgrade to Windows 10 before installing their software in order to “safeguard their personal information, like their Social Security number and bank account information”.
In the final analysis, the bottom-line is that any computer with the operating systems installed will be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at taking control of your network, stealing data, crashing your system and inflicting a host of other business-crippling problems you do NOT want to have to deal with.
This is such a serious threat that all companies housing financial and medical information are being required by law to upgrade any and all computer systems running Windows 7 because firewalls and anti-virus software will NOT be sufficient to completely protect them (or you).
Unless you don’t care about cyber criminals running rampant in your company’s computer network, you MUST upgrade workstations running the Windows 7 operating system.
What are your options?
Although support for Windows 7 will be discontinued in 2020, the software will continue to function. However, after January 14, 2020, if you have computers in your organization running Windows 7, they will no longer receive security updates. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.
Therefore, it’s important that you move to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer.
Updating an IT infrastructure is a large task that takes considerable time. And because we know that it is important that you take action NOW, before it’s too late, Tech Prognosis can show you an easy, budget-friendly way to upgrade your computer systems still running Windows 7 with a complimentary risk assessment plan.
As a local Microsoft Partner, our company has committed to helping businesses in the Round Rock area by offering a Microsoft Risk Assessment and Migration Plan for free.
At no cost, we’ll come to your office and conduct a Risk Assessment to not only determine what specific computers and servers will be affected by this announcement, but also to assess other security, backup and efficiency factors that could be costing you in productivity and hard dollars.
Contact us at (512) 814-8044, or use this form to schedule an assessment.