Windows 7 Should Be Gone
Windows 7 Should Be Gone
Windows 7 should be gone. This was the most popular operating system Microsoft ever created. It’s so popular that months after the software giant officially retired their record-breaking OS, some businesses are still using it. Today, we will take a look at why some businesses haven’t moved off of Windows 7.
A lot of businesses have chosen not to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest OS. As of January, nearly half (47 percent) of SMBs were still utilizing it. It’s not a good scene.
Why Should Windows 7 Should Be Gone
Windows came out in July of 2009. That’s over ten years ago. Microsoft has upgraded their OS several times since then. It does not get security updates and patches of a supported software, and is therefore, a liability.
As you’d imagine, cybercriminals are not adverse to picking low-hanging fruit; and, if your business still uses this, it’s definitely time for an upgrade. This is especially true if you have any notions of connecting it to the Internet.
FBI Says Using It Is Negligent
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released the following statement to the companies they work with.
“As time passes, Windows (7) becomes more vulnerable to exploitation due to lack of security updates and new vulnerabilities discovered.”
It’s not just the multi-billion dollar corporations that are at risk. If you have exploits built into your software, you are more at risk than if you use clean and supported software. Cybercriminals have no problems hacking small businesses that aren’t taking the steps necessary to protect themselves.
Legacy software is run in the cloud. There are very few reasons that your business should be running this program.
What Should Users and Businesses Do?
Obviously, you should be upgrading away from unsupported software. Getting hacked is a devastating process for a business. I’m sure the last thing you want is to explain to your clientele that you accidentally exposed all their PII.
Windows 10 is always being updated with security patches and functionality upgrades. Microsoft stated their intention to use Windows 10 for the foreseeable future. Windows 10 is more secure, has more features, and even law enforcement thinks you should upgrade.
Managing risk in your business is important and using this program is the definition of risk. If you would like to talk to someone about getting out from under Windows 7 altogether call Link High Technologies Inc. today. (973) 659-1350.