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

2020 Cybersecurity Update from OXEN Technology

2020 OXEN Update on Cybersecurity

| Security | No Comments
Every day we read about another cybersecurity breach. Lost credit card information, hacked emails, corporate or national security information stolen by insider or external actors. Cyber espionage and security attacks have become sophisticated and big business. We have reluctantly learned a new language: ransomware, “phishing”, malware, HIPAA (in healthcare), PCI (for credit card protection), and PII (personally identifiable information) to name a few. The challenge grows even faster as more and more devices are attached to our networks. New devices like thermostats, smart lights, cell phones, watches, and smart monitors of all types connect to our networks to share information.…
Basic math in Excel: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

Basic math in Excel: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

| Tech Tip | No Comments
Are you new to Excel, and not sure where to start with formulas and operations? Many spreadsheets use basic math: adding and subtracting numbers or multiplying and dividing. Understanding these math formulas will help you graduate to more complex equations to manipulate your Excel data. How does basic math work in Excel? Excel uses formulas or functions to manipulate data. A function takes an input, which is the content of cells plus some operating symbols that say what to do with the data. You can input a single cell into a function or a range of multiple cells. For addition,…
Countdown to end of support for Microsoft products in 2020

Keep Your Tech Relevant: Are You Prepared for Microsoft End of Support Deadlines?

| Announcements, Office 365, Security | No Comments
There are multiple Microsoft products reaching end of support in 2020. These versions are being retired and will no longer have technical support. We’ve previously talked about the end of support for the Windows 7 operating system and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020. However, other products are also reaching end of support in 2020. On January 31, 2020, Internet Explorer 10 will be retired. If you're already upgrading to Windows 10 or using Microsoft Edge as your web browser, then you've taken the next step to upgrade from IE 10. Later, in October 2020, Microsoft Office 2010 is…