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Impending security issues with Windows 7

IT Blog from Resolve, IT Experts in Sheffield Impending security issues with Windows 7
In less than a year, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7, which will leave devices reliant on the old operating system vulnerable to cyber attacks.


If you haven’t heard, as of 14 January 2020, Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. In simple terms, this basically means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates and new features for Windows 7.

Supposing you are currently still using Windows 7, you’re probably wondering how this will affect your devices. Well, I am going to tell you…

On the face of it, nothing at all. Your devices will still continue to run Windows 7 without an issue, there will be no “impending doom” messages. You won’t notice any difference day-to-day. BUT – and it’s a big but – the main changes are happening behind the scenes and it’s something you need to be aware of.

As I mentioned before Microsoft will no longer be releasing security updates for Windows 7. This is potentially a big problem for you and your devices. Security updates are released periodically to protect devices against the latest security threats. Hackers are forever replacing old viruses with new threats, so security needs to be updated to protect against new issues. Not having the latest security updates leaves your devices and potentially your data open to a myriad of dangers.

The prime example of this would be the WannaCry cyber attack that caught the NHS out in 2017. The NHS was using Windows XP, a operating system that was end of life in April 2014 – a full three years before the attack. So, all systems were incredibly vulnerable to new and sophisticated attacks. Unfortunately, using Windows 7 beyond January 2020 runs the risk of a similar thing happening to your business.

There is one obvious and easy solution to ensure you have an operating system that has all the latest security updates and features: upgrade to Windows 10.
Windows 10 will...

1) Protect your devices with the latest security updates
2) Give you the latest Windows features with Microsoft, working with all the latest applications available
3) Keep your IT up-to-date

Upgrading to Windows 10 is fairly straight forward, all you need is a licence key. Installation is both straightforward and inexpensive. Luke explains more about it here:

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