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Jan. 14, 2020, will be the end of Windows 7 as we know it. If you don’t make the switch to Windows 10 now, the floodgates will be open, inviting cyberthreats into your network.

Windows 7 has had a good run, but those days are quickly coming to an end. By 2020, Microsoft will no longer support this operating system (OS), forcing Windows 7 users to update their infrastructure with something more innovative and fresh. Many companies have already started using Windows 10 software. 

The cyberthreat landscape is rapidly expanding and Windows 7 will eventually attract these threats to your network. Now that the OS is on life support, it’s only a matter of time until this version of Windows software becomes toxic for your computer system. 

How to Defend Against Windows 7’s Greatest Cybersecurity Risks 

In a [previous blog], we covered what you need to do to prepare for the extinction of Windows 7, but this article expands on its dangers. Here are some of the main things to consider:

1. It Spreads Malware

Microsoft doesn’t provide security updates to any obsolete tools, and it won’t be long until Windows 7 falls into that category. Malware is getting stronger while Windows 7s security features remain complacent. If you don’t kick this OS to the curb in time, be prepared to deal with viruses and data breaches.

2. It Attracts Ransomware

Ransomware is among the most dangerous forms of malware. When this malicious software installs itself on your Windows OS, don’t expect Superman to come and rescue your data. Windows 7 doesn’t offer a security premium, which leaves a void available for ransomware invasion. And when that happens, any sensitive information will be held hostage until the ransomware hacker is compensated. Ransomware prevents you from accessing your most valuable information. 

3. Compatibility Disruptions 

Millions of personal computers still run on Windows 7, which means a tremendous number of users need to hurry and make the upgrade. After the end of life kicks in, many PCs will no longer be compatible with outdated operating software. A modern OS like Windows 10 will keep your workstations performing at peak levels, preventing frustrating downtime and expensive repair projects.

4. Compromised Email Scams 

Businesses still operating with Windows 7 most likely aren’t investing much in security awareness training. This makes it easy for hackers to prey on users, and it’s often through their inboxes. The Windows 7 version of Outlook has a security deficit, making it easier for spam, phishing traps, and malware viruses to get in. And once a hacker invades your network, they’ll have a clear gateway to your data. 

Enhance Your Network’s Security With Windows 10

We know change can be tough, but the experts at Stability Networks will help make your move to Windows 10 as seamless as possible. Our team brings a wealth of knowledge in the business technology industry. We’re always up-to-date on the latest trends in managed IT, cybersecurity, data protection, and beyond. With us by your side, you can count on faster, safer infrastructure, along with less downtime, more cost savings, and greater peace of mind. 

Whether you’re ready to switch to Windows 10 or have concerns about Windows 7’s limited lifespan, you can trust the experts at Stability Networks to support you with the right answers. Contact us to work with the best managed service provider Idaho has to offer.