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The dangers of running an unsupported Operating System
March 25, 2019

We know it’s tempting to stick with the operating system you’ve got – you’ve had it for years, it does the job, so what’s the problem, right?

Wrong! Here are the dangers of running an unsupported operating system:

Security vulnerabilities: If your operating system is no longer supported (for example, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7), that means that no security updates will be issued – which is a serious security hazard. A firewall, anti-virus and other normal protective measures are not sufficient protection against unpatchable vulnerabilities, which criminals will be quick to exploit.

Software incompatibility: New applications are designed, written and optimized for modern operating systems. If you’re using an operating systems that has reached its end-of-life and is no longer supported, you probably can’t upgrade to the latest version of your business applications, so you’ll be stuck having to continue using outdated applications.

Hardware performance and reliability: If you’re still running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, then you’ve probably got some aging servers and workstations hanging around the office too. These out-of-warranty devices are going to become increasingly prone to failing and impacting your productivity. And the unplanned downtime could be significantly more costly than an overdue hardware upgrade.

GDPR/Compliance issues: Do you handle customer data? Entrusting your critical information to an end-of-life operating system or an unsecure application is a big risk. Increases to security lapses could result in big financial penalties from the ICO or industry regulators, company shutdowns, and reputational damage.

High operating costs: Big business and Industries sometimes foot the bill and pay Microsoft to patch an end-of-life operating system, which is out of the reach of most businesses. This means that everyone else risks the high cost of a business-critical system or application failing, which can be greater than the cost of replacing the end-of-life operating systems.

Staff Morale: Don’t overlook the impact on staff of having to ‘make do’ with old, outdated technology. Even the biggest technophobe in your office will become frustrated by slow devices.

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