Less Than 2 Weeks Until Windows 7 and Server 2008 Lose Support
The final countdown is on for Windows 7 and Server 2008. On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will officially be retired, and Windows 7 and Server 2008 will no longer be supported by Microsoft, and that includes its Security Essentials suite.
So, what does this mean for you?
When the clock strikes 12:01 AM on January 15, 2020, hackers will unleash and seek out vulnerable systems that have not upgraded. There has already been an increase in cyberattacks as hackers have begun testing soft targets to see who has already upgraded and who may be a perfect target come January 15, 2020.
With Windows 7 no longer being supported, maintenance notifications and patches will no longer be supplied for computers running this software. This means hackers will have free rein on any and all existing vulnerabilities. One of the biggest deterrents in Windows 7 to malware and antivirus, Security Essentials, will also no longer be supported.
Microsoft recently announced, “After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support,” (read the full article here).
With the holidays looming large next week, there is less than a month before the January 14, 2020 end of life date, which really boils down to about two weeks when you think of all the holiday activities you have on your list.
Are you wondering what you need to do so you’re not a prime target on January 15, 2020?
- Act now…time is of the essence and you do not want to risk your systems being unsecured and vulnerable to data breaches, liability issues and much more.
- Develop a budget & plan to replace or update your computers and servers before 2020.
- See if you are eligible for a system upgrade. If you are currently holding a valid license through a certified provider, you may be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10.
- Call one of our IT professionals to walk you through the upgrade process. Your office can be upgraded after hours so it doesn’t interfere with your end-of-year business.
- Looking to upgrade your computers as well? We can provide you with an inventory evaluation and help you set up new devices while also assisting with the upgrade process.
Don’t wait until it’s too late, call us today and we’ll help you stay protected with a plan specifically tailored to your business.