Jan 14

Industry Insights

Windows 7 reaches end of life today!

Today January 14th 2020 Microsoft is officially ending support for its Windows 7 platform. Warnings have been being issued for months but if you are still running Windows 7 what does this mean and what should you do?

Windows 7 to windows 10

What it means

Effectively Microsoft are not going to continue trying to out do the hackers who exploit software bugs in Windows 7. If hackers find a flaw Microsoft will not fix it leaving devices running Windows 7 vulnerable to attack. There will essentially be no more security updates or patches to to Windows 7 operating system so Windows 7 machines are more likely to be infected with viruses and malware.

The WannaCry Ransomware attack made headlines in 2017 especially when it hit the NHS in the UK. Hackers had exploited weaknesses in unpatched versions of Windows 7. A government report in 2018 concluded that the attack could have been avoided if NHS Trusts had updated their computers and applied the necessary security patches.

What you need to do

Devices running Windows 7 will continue to function from today but will become increasingly unsecure. The advice from Microsoft and IT Service providers is to move immediately to Windows 10. Windows 10 will operate on older devices but the recommendation is to invest in new PCs. In order to run Windows 10, PCs must have a 1GHz processor, 16GB of hard drive space, and 1GB of RAM memory.

If your business is still running Windows 7 contact us at Novi and we can help. If you have any other Cyber Security concerns give us a call for a confidential conversation about how to address any current risks in your business.