Last month Microsoft officially put an end to Windows 7. After 10 years, Microsoft will no longer be providing support, security updates or bug fixes to Windows 7 users. Instead, the company plans to focus more on technology that provides its users with new experiences.
For the approximately 200 million remaining PCs around the world, this means they will no longer have protected services causing a serious security risk to themselves or their organization. Due to the mainstream use of Windows 7, those who do not update risk being targeted by hackers and viruses who attempt to exploit those who haven’t upgraded.
This can be especially risky for companies dealing with the data of others as it puts those associated with the company at risk as well. The longer companies risk not upgrading, the higher the risk to security.
Because of this severity of risk associated with this change, there have been several recommendations and options given to users on how they can minimize any risks.
- Upgrade to Windows 10 – Depending on how old your device is, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for only US$119.
- Upgrade your Device – Purchase new devices compatible with Windows 10. While this may be the most costly solution – it is the highest recommended.
- Upgrade to Linux – A free alternative to Windows 7, Linux is specifically designed to run on older computers.
- Upgrade through Windows Media Creation Tool – Users with a Windows 7 or 8 license key are able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free by upgrading through the Windows Media Creation Tool. While this option may be free, it may be more confusing to some users and does not work for Windows Enterprise users.
- Get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates – While not highly recommended, this option will protect you against any threat deemed critical or important. It is important to note that this option is only available for the next 3 years.
If for any reason you cannot upgrade your devices, ensure you protect yourself.
Trips to Protect Yourself:
- Add security layers and ensure you are using antivirus software to detect any threats
- Implement email protection
- Provide your employees with security awareness training
- Try to avoid using the internet on Windows 7 devices and add mitigating controls so you can control who has access
- Uninstall all unnecessary software and disable any unneeded services
While this transition may be more difficult for some companies, Vernon can help you with your shift. Rent up to date devices and avoid major security risks during your transition to purchasing or upgrading your products. Call us at 1-877-752-0916 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options today.