Today marks the end of the Windows 7 operating system and potentially poses a headache for business owners.
Windows 7 has been around for 10 years and today marks the official Microsoft end of support for their amazing operating system. Whilst it will work and function the same tomorrow as it does today, Microsoft will no longer provide patching for any vulnerabilities found, so much so GCHQ have issued a warning not to use Windows 7 for banking from today.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
A NCSC spokesperson said: “The NCSC would encourage people to upgrade devices currently running Windows 7, allowing them to continue receiving software updates which help protect their devices.
“We would urge those using the software after the deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts.”
“They should also consider accessing email from a different device.”
Remember the WannaCry ransomware attack?
2017 brought new malware attacks through finding vulnerabilities within operating systems, namely Windows XP and Windows 7. Hacker seek to extract data and encrypt it or sell it on the dark web. Businesses need to protect against this type of malicious activity to protect their data, comply with GDPR and most importantly ensure their clients data is secure. A lack of security patching from today could lead to this very problem happening again.
Our advice is to upgrade your hardware which will normally include the Windows 10 operating system. This way you benefit from new hardware and the latest operating system. Windows 10 will provide updates, patches but more importantly closer integration with Office 365 and Azure cloud services.
Additionally, most software vendors will provide support on the Windows 10 platform.