Windows 7 was one of Microsoft’s best-loved computing operating systems and a lot of people are still using it.
Microsoft recently announced that it will officially begin the Windows 7 end of life phase on Jan. 14, 2020. On that day, the company will stop supporting Windows 7 on laptops and desktops and will no longer patch it with security updates. They will also be ceasing support for Windows server 2008/2008 R2
What problem does that pose for me?
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.
Microsoft will also no longer be supporting office 365 pro on windows 7. Again, keeping windows 7 will result in much higher IT support costs as an increasing number of applications become non-compatible.
What happens if I continue to use Windows 7 past this date?
If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer received software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.
In May 2019, Verizon Enterprise released the 12th edition of its Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). Researchers analysed a total of 41,686 security incidents, of which there were 2,013 data breaches. More than half of those reported breaches involved some form of hacking and 27% of those surveyed said their data breech was as a result of an unpatched vulnerability.
For example, the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, that affected over 300,000 computers worldwide, had released a patch for this vulnerability prior to the attack, but only for operating systems in support.
If a similar large outbreak was to occur after 14th January, no patch will be available to you, and you would be left open to an attack.
So what are my options?
To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC’s with Windows 10.
The other alternative, if your current windows 7 computers are less than three years old, is to upgrade to Windows 10. This software upgrade will cost about $300.
If you have any questions about this article or are ready to upgrade your hardware, please feel free to call us and discuss your options. (08) 9367 7100