If, for some reason, you’re still running Windows XP or Vista, you probably already know that it’s well past time to upgrade. Microsoft officially ended support months ago, even for critical updates, which means that your computer is essentially a ticking bomb. Sooner or later, a hacker is going to find it, and when he does, he’s going to be able to crack it open like an egg and do whatever he pleases with any data inside it.
If that computer also happens to be connected to your company network, you’ve potentially handed hackers the keys to the kingdom. This could wind up being a very costly mistake.
This is probably not new, or even news, to you. You know you’re racing against the clock. You know you’ve got to hurry before the worst happens, and now, you’ve got one more reason to upgrade sooner rather than later.
Google is the latest company to take action, pulling the plug on continued Gmail support for Windows XP and Vista users.
The day’s coming when literally no vendor will continue to offer support for those old operating systems.
Even if you’ve got legacy systems that absolutely depend on the continued existence of an old Windows XP or Vista box, it’s just a risk you can no longer afford to take. Sure, there’s going to be a certain amount of pain involved in making the switch. It would be better by far to do that on your terms, however, than to be forced into a situation where you’re reacting to a breach and stuck in damage control mode.
If you’re feeling trapped and like your existing IT staff is so overwhelmed that they just can’t do anything about the problem, give us a call and speak with one of our talented team members. We’ll be happy to work with you to construct a roadmap and outline how we can help to get you out from under that old legacy system and onto something safer, more secure and more robust.