Windows 7: the ticking time bomb

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Time is running out for Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10. After almost a decade since its release, Windows 7 will officially reach End of Life status on the 14th of January 2020 after being in an extended support phase since 2015. This means that Windows 7 won’t receive security updates or patches after this date which leaves your device extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks. Here’s why you should make the jump to Windows 10.

What should I upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft will not provide security updates and patches to Windows 7 following the 14th of January 2020. This means that after this date Windows 7 will become a wild west for hackers to exploit unpatched vulnerabilities which allows ransomware to be easily spread. Even though there has been limited support since 2015, Windows 7 is the predominant target and victim of cyberattacks as it’s easier to infiltrate obsolete platforms. Staying with Windows 7 is no longer a choice as you could potentially be putting yourself, your business and your colleagues at risk due to the prominence of spreadable malware and ransomware. By upgrading to Windows 10 you’re future-proofing yourself and your business.

Quick stats

  • Windows 7 was the most widely affected Windows operating system during the WannaCry outbreak in 2017. Over 300,000 PCs were affected. 98% of the affected PCs were running Windows 7 whereas only 0.03% of the attacks were on Windows 10 PCs.
  • Similarly, the Petya attacks later that year, which used the same exploit as WannaCry, was designed to work against unpatched Windows 7 systems. Windows 10 PCs were largely unaffected.
  • 39% of PC users still use Windows 7 and in Q4 of 2017. According to Microsoft, Windows 7 PCs were 7x more likely to encounter ransomware than Windows 10 users.
The ransomware attack rate for Windows 7 and Windows 10 users.
Source: Microsoft

Cons of Windows 7

  • Outdated software causes security deficiencies and is more likely to be targeted by hackers.
  • As an outdated operating system, Windows 7 is slower to use than Windows 10.
  • Foundational issues that existed in Windows 7 prime usage such as BSoD (blue screen of death) and other arising issues as the software ages.

How to upgrade to Windows 10

Milnsbridge has been working hard over the last year on upgrading and replacing PC’s ready for the cut-off date in January. Upgrading is hassle-free and won’t jeopardise your files. However, upgrading to Windows 10 means your computer must meet minimum requirements to enhance speed and usability. PC’s can be upgraded rather than replaced if they have been purchased in the last few years.

Benefits of upgrading:

  • Speed: Windows 10 boasts refreshingly fast start-up capabilities and overall user experience compared to its predecessors.
  • Security: Windows 10 focuses on ransomware protection and stronger malware security to keep you and your business safe.
  • Usability: Designed to enhance the user experience, the most recent Windows platform is a significant improvement in functionality and usability. An example of this is touch-screen capabilities in a smartphone-driven world.
  • Backward compatibility: Most apps that were created for earlier versions of Windows may still be compatible with the latest platform.

Replacements and upgrades which have not been booked by the 30th of November will not be available until the end of February due to staff holidays. So please make sure to book your upgrades in as soon as possible to avoid running the risk of leaving your system unprotected over the Christmas break. Contact us on 1300 300 293 or email us at enquiries@milnsbridge.com.au to upgrade your systems and check whether your PC meets the requirements.

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