Remote backup disaster recovery includes a few different moving pieces. The first is remote backups – this essentially means a company that provides networking services, such as iPoint Technologies, routinely makes copies of your company’s most significant data, and then stores those copies on a server that is located somewhere far away from your office. That way, if a disaster occurs – such as a wildfire, or one of your employees clicks on a suspicious link that downloads a ton of ransomware onto your servers, and suddenly you cannot access any business information unless you pay a huge ransom to strangers over the internet – your company’s information is safe and can be recovered! (Take that, fraudsters!)
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Starting January 14, 2020 Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This means no more technical support, software or security updates for the operating system. Windows 7 is being phased out we don’t want your business to be left in the dust. What does this mean for your business? What happens if you don’t upgrade? Is upgrading your whole network necessary? iPoint can help you answer all these questions, contact us.
Microsoft has a life cycle for all of their products and when a product reaches the end of its life, major security concerns start to make way. All of the work that has been put into securing your business could go away simply because your operating system is no longer supported. The advice directly from Microsoft is “…your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate, but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.” Microsoft will not be responsible for security breaches after January 14th leaving you and your company at risk. As a company you are also risking receiving a fine for not being GDPR compliant, when you use a out of date operating system you are not protecting personal data.
Hackers and software developers know about the ending of Windows 7 as well. Hackers know the vulnerabilities they find after January 14, will be never closed and cyber criminals are waiting hastily for that day to arrive. Software developers only write their programs to work on the latest operating system. If you don’t upgrade you will notice that any software you download will run poorly or won’t work at all.
What Should You Do?
Don’t Wait! It is estimated that one third of all Windows PC’s are still running Windows 7. You should upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as you can. If you wait, when you need to upgrade your hardware and equipment you will find your self waiting in line. As January 2020 comes closer IT support will be become more and more limited. Some IT companies already anticipate projects started in the 2nd quarter of 2019 wont be finished before Microsoft’s deadline. Another factor to remember before upgrading is planning to have the correct hardware to run the new operating system. If any of this worries you, you should consider upgrading the computers on your network to Windows 10.
iPoint can help you upgrade your network to Windows 10 and provide consistent security against hackers and malware. iPoint can also provide your business with security assessments and ongoing security monitoring. Our network technicians will help create a tailored plan for long term security and updates for your network, so your never left unsupported and vulnerable again.