Clinging to Windows 7 into 2020? You’d better be OK with security risks

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If you’re a Windows 7 user (and you’re also one of our customers) you’ve heard that Microsoft will stop supporting it after Jan. 14, 2020. This means no more security patches and updates.

2020 is also an election year and Microsoft already is seeing evidence of Iranian hackers trying to get a pathway to disrupt U.S. elections and other systems. You may think you have no connections to that sort of thing, but hackers count on your team getting busy, getting distracted, and leaving a door open for them.

Does your business never connect to a government web portal? Do you never do business with large clients who may need you to be secure?

Windows 7 from January onward will be an obvious open door.

We understand it can be costly to upgrade. You’re not only migrating to Windows 10, you may have to also upgrade your criticial business software systems too.

It may be hard to justify investment in the upgrade if you don’t know what it costs to stay the course. But a data breach at an unprepared organization typically costs hundreds of thousands of dollars – if not millions – and is an agonizing thing to go through.

You have to hope your business isn’t wobbling when it’s over.

So we recommend you rethink that plan to keep going with Windows 7. You can hope for the best, but you’d better prepare for the worst.

Need help with your fleet of Windows 7 machines? Contact us for a chat.

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