Upgrade from Windows 7 to Remain Secure and Stable

By October 14, 2019 Announcements, Security
Remember software and hardware updates are essential to cyber security

It’s still coming whether we like it or not: Windows 7 End of Life. If your organization is still running Windows 7, what can you expect? Is this truly the end of Windows 7, and should you upgrade?

The answer, realistically, is yes. It’s a smart move to upgrade now, for security and stability.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in 2015. Extended support ends on January 14, 2020. Windows 7 is now end-of-life. It will not be supported, nor will it receive regular patches and security updates.

What’s the risk of not upgrading?

Failing to upgrade to supported software, like Windows 10, means exposing your organization to avoidable risk. That risk is of cyberattackers taking advantage of vulnerabilities in a legacy operating system. Or it’s the risk of a failure or crash on an important machine, with no help forthcoming from Microsoft. (Using unsupported software may also conflict with prerequisites or standards for technology support and maintenance contracts with IT providers.)

Also be aware that a supported, modern operating system may be required for compliance reasons. If you fall under any industry regulations or compliance laws for cybersecurity, keep this in mind. Continuing to use Windows 7 beyond end of support means you run the risk of not being compliant or failing part of an audit.

What should you do next?

Consider an upgrade to Windows 10, the next version of the Windows operating system. (Is your hardware able to support Windows 10? You can find the system requirements here.) Ready to move to the cloud? Check out Microsoft 365 for Business. With Office 365 you’ll stay up to date continually, without major upgrades, in the future. OXEN has completed many Office 365 migrations and can point you in the right direction.

To discuss whether you’re ready for an upgrade, contact one of OXEN’s experts today at 888.296.3619 or hello@oxen.tech.


Recent Posts / View All Posts

Ransomware - Cybersecurity Banner

Ransomware Lessons for City Governments

| Security | No Comments
U.S. towns and cities are being hit hard by ransomware and cyberattacks A city government's network is a prime target for hackers. Many small towns and cities don't have the tools, personnel, or budget to fight back. And when an attack is successful, who is to blame? Cities like Lake City, Florida have been in the news recently for falling victim to devastating ransomware attacks and the consequences afterwards. Lake City, Florida's computer network was devastated within hours. Their security and backup defenses were no match for expert hackers and sophisticated spear phishing campaigns. Their budget never extended to cover…

Create Rules to Automatically Sort Incoming Mail in Outlook

| Tech Tip | No Comments
When you receive a lot of email, your inbox becomes cluttered and difficult to navigate. Thankfully, you can use create Rules in Outlook to sort your incoming email. Here are the steps to set up a rule in Outlook that will automatically put incoming mail from a particular sender into a specific folder: Select an email in your Inbox from the sender you’d like to create a new folder for. Go to Rules > Create Rule on the toolbar. Check the “From…” box at the top of the Create Rule window. Check “Move the item to folder:” at the bottom…
Happy Halloween from OXEN Technology

Happy Halloween from OXEN

| Holiday | No Comments
We hope you have a safe and fun Halloween, from the team at OXEN