How important is cyber awareness to your small business?
Updated: Mar 21
Your Business and Cyber Awareness
Have you questioned how your business is applying cyber awareness on a practical level? Microsoft will introduce cyber changes to Windows 7 this year. This is important as most SMEs are using a Microsoft system.
The tech giant will end support in July this year if users don’t install new security upgrades by April 2019. In this regard, cyber awareness has never been more important for small business owners in Cavan and Meath.
Having the correct IT support services in place is critical to being ready for any cyber changes that emerge in future.
What do I need to know about Windows 7 and Windows 10 cyber changes:
Support for Windows 7 operating systems will be ending from January 2020 according to Microsoft’s official website.We aim to educate small business owners about what they need to be aware when it comes to cyber activity. You should check with your IT provider what they’re doing to ensure any Windows 7 changes for you run smoothly.
We are among the IT support providers in Cavan and Meath that are preparing businesses to move to Windows 10. We also want to help small businesses to install Windows 7 updates to help their business run efficiently.
What exactly are these cyber updates
The changes coming in March signal a cyber security upgrade for Windows 7.
Currently, OS updates are double-signed using both SHA-1 and SHA-2 algorithms as the first algorithm has some weaknesses. In layman’s terms, Microsoft are making a better, more responsive and faster system for users, business and non-business.
Microsoft plans to discontinue it over time and move to the second algorithm, SHA-2 after 2020. Microsoft clients still using a 2008 server need to upgrade their systems and improve their IT and as a result, their overall business performance.
Target date for Windows cyber security updates:
We advise small businesses who have IT providers to make sure you don’t miss the different individual security updates taking place in April. Microsoft has said that it expects March 12th to be the date for the release of SHA-2 Code on Windows 7.
Everything should happen automatically, if you ensure these updates are enabled to take place in April and July.
What happens if you wish to continue using Windows 7 after January 2020 when support is officially being stopped by Microsoft:
It is going to cost you. A lot more than you would pay to use Windows 10. Updates from Microsoft to ensure that Windows 7 operated devices run effectively will be available for a time, but it will be more expensive that upgrading to Windows 10. The cost will also rise over years. So, for support for Windows Enterprise users using Windows 7 from January 2019-January 2021 will cost around €25 per device.
Should you consider an IT switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10:
It is worth considering a switch to Windows 10 for this reasons of cyber cost saving and effectiveness. The best laptops this year only operate a Windows 10 system as well. So if you want to use the best hardware on the market, we recommend that you consider using Windows 10 .
We will be posting in the near future on Windows 10 and how to upgrade to it. We will explain the benefits of upgrading and being more cyber aware and how it can help grow your business. Follow our updates for more updates on Windows 7 and other cyber changes your business should know about.
We will try to educate small business owners on any cyber changes such as Windows and help them move to more efficient systems like Windows 10 in future. If you are thinking of upgrading you systems to Windows 10, we can help you.
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