facebook linkedin twitter

Computerware Blog

Many Businesses are Still Using Windows 7...

Many Businesses are Still Using Windows 7...

So many organizations continue to use a decade-old operating system, and they really, really shouldn’t.

Here’s the thing: Windows 7 is dead and gone… and yet, as of July, it still had a market share of about 23 percent, making it the second-most-popular operating system. Here, we’ll be going over just why it is—if your company is still using Windows 7—that you need to update to Windows 10 immediately (if not sooner).

What’s So Bad About Windows 7?

When it was first introduced, back in 2009, not too much. After all, for the time, it was cutting-edge.

However, over ten years and several OS upgrades later, it just isn’t secure enough to be trusted with your data. The big problem with it now is that it has long passed its end-of-life date, meaning that Microsoft has abandoned the OS. This means that there are no longer going to be any security updates made to Windows 7.

As a result, cybercriminals presumably could take any attack developed after January 14 of 2020 and meet no resistance from a system running Windows 7. This is already a sizable list, and it is growing every day.

This obviously makes Windows 7 a massive vulnerability in and of itself. In fact, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken a stance against the use of Windows 7, amongst other intelligence and law enforcement agencies worldwide. The FBI made their position clear in a private industry notification delivered to enterprise-level partners in the private sector.

This notification stated, “As time passes, Windows 7 becomes more vulnerable to exploitation due to lack of security updates and new vulnerabilities discovered."

In other words, by using Windows 7, any business is accepting an increased risk of being successfully attacked. While this notification was directed to the enterprise, it applies to a business of any size. This isn’t the movies: cybercriminals don’t exclusively attack major corporations and enterprises in real life, quite the opposite, as these businesses generally have the best defenses.

Instead, many cybercriminals will attack many small businesses as opposed to one large one for a comparable payout. If a small business is using Windows 7, they’re effectively guaranteeing that an attack will be successful.

What Should Windows 7 Users and Businesses Do?

The answer to this question is simple: upgrade to Windows 10.

Not only does Windows 10 offer some considerable added benefits—while remaining largely faithful to the beloved setup present in Windows 7—it is set to be the de facto version of Windows from this point on. Rather than releasing a new operating system version every so many years, Microsoft’s current strategy is to just keep building up Windows 10.

So, combining the fact that Windows 7 is now inherently insecure with the confirmation from the FBI and other global security and computing professionals, and taking into account that Windows 10 is due to only get better over time, an upgrade seems to be the only reasonable option for businesses and private users alike to take.

Computerware is here to assist businesses in ensuring their IT is efficient and secure, so that their solutions can be used to maximum productivity. This means that we can help you with your migration to Windows 10, as well as any of your other technology challenges and requirements.

To learn more about what we do, or to get started, reach out to our team at (703) 821-8200.

Tip of the Week: Three Tips to Improve Your Remote...
How Will Businesses Adjust their Technology Use Af...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, September 20, 2020

Captcha Image

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://www.cwit.com/

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Security Tip of the Week Technology Best Practices Business Computing Privacy Internet Software Cloud Data Business Management Hackers Hardware Microsoft Workplace Tips Network Security Backup Productivity Managed Service Provider Business Hosted Solutions Email Productivity Malware IT Services Efficiency Saving Money Google Innovation Small Business Computer User Tips Collaboration Quick Tips VoIP Data Backup IT Support IT Support Network Smartphones Mobile Devices Business Continuity communications Gadgets Disaster Recovery Microsoft Office Data Recovery Cybersecurity Android Social Media Smartphone Upgrade Mobile Office Server Communication Phishing Virtualization Miscellaneous Mobile Device Management Ransomware Windows Passwords Mobile Device Holiday Users Operating System Vendor Management Apps Windows 10 Tech Term Outsourced IT Managed IT Services BDR Facebook Remote Monitoring Unified Threat Management Internet of Things Automation BYOD Managed IT services Analytics Remote Computing Data Management Apple Mobile Computing Windows 10 WiFi The Internet of Things Marketing Browser Training History Artificial Intelligence Cloud Computing Firewall Save Money Business Technology Spam Encryption Help Desk Alert App Big data Health Two-factor Authentication Office Covid-19 Managed Service Office 365 Budget Information Technology IT Consultant Bandwidth Going Green Managed IT Gmail Access Control Hard Drives Government Bring Your Own Device Cybercrime Windows 7 VPN Antivirus Maintenance Printer Content Filtering Hiring/Firing Wi-Fi Information Outlook Windows 8 Recovery Saving Time Computers Wireless Technology Employer-Employee Relationship Healthcare Networking Retail Blockchain Search Virus Cost Management Tech Support Remote Work Lithium-ion Battery Best Practice IBM Money Customer Service Document Management Augmented Reality Data Security It Management Travel Humor Data Loss Education Hacking Update Computing iPhone Project Management Conferencing Phone System Downtime Current Events Solid State Drive Compliance Customer Relationship Management Wireless Data storage Flexibility Proactive IT Computer Repair Running Cable PowerPoint Storage Website Laptop Legal Administration Voice over Internet Protocol Patch Management Twitter Intranet Value Regulations Password File Sharing Avoiding Downtime Hard Drive Hacker Applications Risk Management Data Breach SaaS Mobility Law Enforcement Save Time Vendor Virtual Desktop Router Excel Social Monitoring Meetings Software as a Service Private Cloud Comparison Tablet Black Market Company Culture DDoS Cryptocurrency Management Telephony Machine Learning Social Networking Fax Server Business Growth Telephone Systems Vulnerabilities Word Cortana Paperless Office Scam Sports Google Maps Disaster Employee/Employer Relationship Net Neutrality Hosted Solution End of Support Business Intelligence Robot Cooperation Digital Social Engineering Chrome Websites Digital Payment Securty User Processor Start Menu Tech Terms Computing Infrastructure Hack Specifications Safety User Error How To Co-managed IT Mobile Technology Computer Accessories Documents Smart Devices Download Bluetooth Trending Teamwork Uninterrupted Power Supply Heating/Cooling Solutions Entertainment Mouse Multi-factor Authentication Employees Gaming Console Vulnerability Video Conferencing Professional Services Memory Bitcoin Telephone Google Docs Microchip Taxes Lifestyle Statistics Experience Data Protection Text Messaging Distributed Denial of Service Programming Integration Webcam Cleaning Network Congestion Monitors eWaste Public Cloud Licensing Office Tips Downloads Managed Services Provider Identity Theft Streaming Media YouTube Unified Communications Settings Redundancy How To Inbound Marketing Notifications Processors Distribution Managed Services Managed IT Service USB Virtual Reality Evernote Politics Pain Points Virtual Assistant Automobile Presentation Emails Cost Chromebook IT service Devices Music Managing Costs Fraud Tactics switches Virtual Private Network Writing Microsoft 365 Data Warehousing Messenger Tracking online Currency Content Browsers FinTech Upselling Emergency Hard Drive Disposal Development Upgrades Medical IT Trend Micro Access Rental Service UTM Microsoft Excel Cabling Legislation Error Webinar Security Cameras Threats Digital Signature Video Surveillance Computer Care Web Server IT Plan Enterprise Resource Planning LiFi User Tip Data Storage Proactive Maintenance Workers Accountants LinkedIn A.I. Navigation Virtual Machine Administrator email scam Addiction Procurement Saving ZTime Google Drive Windows Server 2008 Books Data Analysis Organization Work/Life Balance Deep Learning eCommerce Spyware Mobile Payment Supercomputer PCI DSS SQL Server Harddrive PDF Worker Wireless Headphones Skype Communitications GDPR Managing Risk Electricity Debate Printing Migration Archive Connected Devices Visible Light Communication Printers Reading Samsung Equifax Fleet Tracking Tech Hypervisor GPS Best Available Keyboard Network Management IT consulting Supply Chain Management Device security MSP Best Practives Fileless Malware AI Hybrid Cloud G Suite Point of Contact Internet Service Provider Holidays External Harddrive cache Domains Television Employer Employee Relationship Advertising Proxy Server Regulations Compliance Flash Azure Nanotechnology Social Network CIO IT Assessment Modem Strategy WannaCry Public Speaking Hacks Physical Security Desktop Finance Freedom of Information Relocation Tablets Startup Asset Tracking Staffing Google Wallet Term 3D Corporate Profile Ebay Shortcut Banking Botnet Business Cards Service Level Agreement Microserver Windows XP Electronic Medical Records Remote Working Transportation Thin CLient Time Management Recycling Username Society Directions Supply Chains Display Entrepreneur Sync Unified Threat Management Backup and Disaster Recovery Analytic Displays Recording Optimization Smart Phones Troubleshooting Assessment SharePoint Dark Web Financial Data Free Resource Environment Tip of the week Screen Reader Product Reviews Customer Resource management Electronic Health Records Micrsooft SSID HIPAA Google Calendar CCTV Gamification Get More Done Leadership Electronic Payment Touchscreen News Reliable Computing Smart Tech Printer Server Memes Drones Processing Adminstration VoIP Pirating Information Competition Business Metrics Computer Malfunction Piracy Upload Read Turn Key Health IT HTML Trojan Wasting Time Knowledge In Internet of Things Fiber-Optic Database Managing IT Services Logistics Virtual Machines Business Owner Consultation Permissions Bookmark Telework Language Telephone System Organize Surveillance Cyber security IP Address Technology Tips Device Management Mobile Security Human Resources Fake News Scalability Multi-Factor Security Business Managemenet IT Google Play Telephone Service Application Audit Motion Sickness Software License Content Management Trends Remote Workers Employer/Employee Relationships Regulation Financial Productuvuty 3D Printing CrashOverride Personal Information Managing Stress Capital

toner1