Launched in October 2009, Windows 7 is now a decade old. In human terms, not that long, but the life expectancy for an operating system is a much shorter one. Windows 7 reached its official end of life on January 14th 2020. What that means is that Microsoft will end all support for Windows 7.
Surveys conducted in recent years have found that at least a third or more businesses are still using Windows 7. Many users are SMEs, but the NHS also reported in July 2019 that they still had one million users using the operating system. Although current users can choose to continue with Windows 7, there are significant risks that should be considered.
Over the years, a business and its key operations may become reliant on ageing hardware and software systems. Known as legacy systems, the time comes when these systems' operational value is outweighed by the challenges of keeping them running optimally. Many businesses face this situation, including large organisations.
Decision-makers can be reluctant to change legacy systems for many reasons. These include cost and disruption to operations, particularly when a system performs a function that is bespoke to the organisation. Yet the risks involved in continuing to use legacy systems are considerable. Look out for the following indicators, which are warning signals that the time has come to replace them.
Passwords are everywhere; many people use several every day. They're usually the main method by which sensitive information is protected from unauthorised access.
For this reason, it's crucial that passwords offer the strongest practicable protection. With the computing power now available to cyber-criminals, a weak password can be cracked in as little as a few seconds – with obvious potential consequences for your business. Managed IT service providers will be able to advise on choosing strong passwords, but here are a few tips to help you out.Read More »
Successful cyber security means keeping up with – or, better yet, staying ahead of – the people who want to do you harm. Knowledge has always been power, but in today's digital economy, knowing exactly what you're up against and being able to talk about it accurately gives you a real advantage. You don't need to know everything, since a good managed IT service provider will take care of the down-and-dirty work, but a basic understanding of some of the common terms is an advantage.Read More »
The market for managed IT service providers is very competitive, and you'll obviously want to get the best deal for your business. But that doesn't mean you should pick a provider simply because it's the cheapest. A key thing to keep in mind is that best value isn't the same as lowest price. Let's take a more in-depth look at why.Read More »
Most businesses require the services of an IT support company. Outsourcing some or all elements of IT provision is a cost-effective way of navigating the complexities of data protection, organisational efficiency, and software optimisation. However, not all IT support companies offer the same level of proficiency.
Here are a few things to look out for in order to make the best choice.Read More »
An IT support company is a collaborative team member, so why would you enter into a partnership with someone who doesn’t support you 100%?
Here are a few of the key things to look out for in a truly supportive IT partner.Read More »
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Whether it is a software upgrade or a full-blown IT blackout, IT issues have a major influence on organisational productivity. As companies become increasingly reliant upon online services, support that is both rapid and reliable is a powerful investment. Some IT support companies seem to think that long delays are par for the course.
Here’s why timing matters, and how to make sure that you get the best deal.Read More »
There are many good reasons to hire a quality managed IT service provider – but shelling out for answers to the most basic of questions is not one. A good provider will be happy to give you quick solutions to simple problems without giving you a hefty bill. In fact, here are a few we'll tell you for free right now!Read More »
Are disaster recovery plans worth it? If you are a responsible business leader, the only way to answer that question is by knowing the facts. Here, we take a look at the theory behind disaster recovery planning and the evidence to show the impacts that organisations have experienced by not having one.Read More »