The good start.
So far 2019 has been a good year for me from a business point of view.
Orders for new PCs and laptops are up by 300% for the two months so far.
Really great news for me and also for the customers who all have shiny new and fast computers to enjoy.
Some of this is attributable to the fact that their computers were old, slow, and were not worth upgrading. Money is better spent on funding a new machine rather than propping up a 6 to 7 year old one.
Coupled to this is the fact that Windows 7 goes out of support in January 2020, which I will explain more of below, and that just adds to the cost of a possible upgrade.
What 2020 will bring?
As I mentioned above, the first thing 2020 will bring is the end of life for support for Windows 7.
Does this mean Windows 7 computers will stop working?
No, it doesn’t, but what will happen is that they will no longer receive critical and important security updates. Therefore your computer will be more vulnerable to attacks, hackers and be generally less secure than it was.
You may not realise it but whenever your computer is connected to the internet it is being constantly attacked and probed by cyber criminals etc. looking for ways into your machine.
Usually your anti-virus and firewall software prevents them. However, if the actual operating system is open to attack because of a vulnerability that has not been fixed via an update then these attacks can succeed and get through.
So when Windows 7 stops being updated cyber criminals will target any known exploits and vulnerabilities and thus become less secure.
The way to combat this is to upgrade your version of Windows to a newer one, realistically this means Windows 10.
I will write more on this subject during the year, and if you are running Windows 7 currently you have several months to plan and prepare.
No need to panic just yet.
Until next time,