Computer Security Day and Windows 7

Computer Security Day is an annual event and a gentle reminder that we should never take our computers, laptops or any other device that connects to the internet for granted. This year it has even more poignancy falling as it does just before the demise of Windows 7.

Running for over 30 years, Computer Security Day falls on 30th November, and the key take-away points are:

  • Stay Educated
  • Stay Protected
  • Stay Backed Up
  • Stay Up To Date

Stay Educated: The more aware we are of the tricks scammers use to access our computers, the less likely we will fall for them. Listen out for news articles about the latest online crimes and schemes, or check out IT blogs such as our own that will keep you posted the moment a new element arises that you should be aware of.

Stay Protected: The more you protect your systems, the less likely you are to succumb to a breach. The better the anti-virus the better protected you are. This is especially true for businesses who should have a top performing business anti-virus to keep not only their data secure but to also protect their customers and suppliers.

Stay Backed Up: The more data you have on your machines, the more you stand to lose if you can’t access it. As a home user you may feel you don’t really have much on your computer and a backup isn’t necessary. Would you really miss not having access to your emails and contacts? To those letters you have written. The photos you can access at the swipe of a finger? For businesses, having a professional backup procedure in place could be the difference between your business surviving a cyber attack or failing; 60% of small businesses fold within 6 months of a cyber-attack.

Stay Up To Date: The more up to date your systems are the safer they will be. On January 14th 2020 Windows 7 will no longer be supported and anybody still running this OS will become more vulnerable to attack, be you home computer user, SOHO (small office home office), small business or large.

What if I don’t Upgrade my Windows OS?

  • You will have no more security updates for your computer and will become an easier target for cyber criminals.
  • There will be no protection from malware via Microsoft’s Windows Defender Exploit Guard which comes as standard on Windows 10.
  • Your software may stop working as all reputable software manufacturers will gear their products to run on the latest versions of Windows.
  • Your computer will probably start to get slower – and slower – and slower.
  • You will have issues accessing online banking and any secure, HTTPS websites as well as issues with browsers.

It may feel like the tech giants are forcing us into spending money upgrading our systems, whether this be true or not, technology is ever evolving and unfortunately the “bad” side of technology is too efficient at finding vulnerabilities. If we don’t keep abreast with computer security measures, as home users this could be frustrating – for businesses this could be devastating.

 

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