Are you still running on Windows 7? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated at least 39% of all PCs, both at home and in the workplace, still use Microsoft Windows 7. And all of these computers will be at risk next year.
On Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. New features stopped being added for Windows 7 back in 2015, but 2020 marks the system’s end-of-life phase. This means there will be no more patches or updates released to address any security issues that may threaten Windows 7 in the future. Any PCs still operating on Windows 7 will be vulnerable to new threats.
In 2017, the massive WannaCry ransomware attack swept the globe, crippling businesses, universities, hospitals, and governments. This attack targeted 200,000 computers running Windows systems that had not received a recent security patch. Computers running Windows systems that were past their end-of-life phase, such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, were especially vulnerable.
The WannaCry attack was a huge wakeup call about the importance of installing updates and security patches as they are released. It’s estimated that the WannaCry ransomware attack caused millions, if not billions, of dollars’ worth of damages. Security experts warn that WannaCry won’t be the last major cyberattack to target vulnerable systems on a massive scale.
If you continue to use Windows 7 after its end-of-life phase, you are putting yourself, your company, and your reputation at risk. This system is still a fond favorite, but familiarity and convenience is no excuse for leaving your computers vulnerable. The smart move is to upgrade to a new operating system today.
Need help protecting yourself for when Windows 7 goes under? Call 804-730-2628 now. Our team at Sklar Technology Partners can help you come up with a comprehensive plan to upgrade your systems and help you avoid the next big digital disaster.
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