Greetings & Happy New Year!
As you may already be aware, Windows 7 will reach its End of Life phase on January 14, 2020. At that point, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system. This doesn’t mean that your Windows 7 PC will suddenly stop working on January 15. In fact, your computer will still boot up as normal, and you probably won’t notice any difference.
It is important to keep in mind though, that just because you will still be able to use your Windows 7 machine, it doesn’t mean you should. The biggest concern with running Windows 7 after this date is that it will leave your machine (and by extension, your entire corporate infrastructure) vulnerable to emerging security threats.
Windows 7 is an extremely popular operating system, and many people will want to stick with it despite the risks. Malicious users are well-aware of this fact and are ready to take advantage of it. Once January 15 rolls around, cyber-criminals will start actively targeting Windows 7 machine users with viruses, ransomware, and other malware, which can put your business in the cross-hairs.
The best way to mitigate this security risk, is to upgrade all your Windows 7 machines to Windows 10 right away. In newer machines, this may be as simple as upgrading the operating system on the existing hardware, but for older computers, it is usually better to start fresh with a faster and more efficient PC.
Your PACE Business Technology Advisor can work with you to discuss your options and ensure that your migration happens as smoothly as possible, so you can have the peace of mind of knowing that your business is protected.
Jay Da Costa
Director of Service Delivery
Telephone: 905-763-7896 x 226