Is it safe to use Windows 7 in 2020?
If you haven’t been sold on Windows 10, you’re not alone. To this day, Windows 7 remains the 2nd most popular Windows desktop operating system, with almost 20 percent of computer users using it globally. Despite mainstream support for Windows 7 ending in 2015 and the announced end of life date of January 2020. In fact, I personally held out for longer than I probably should have. People are creatures of habit and I wasn't ready for the change. Whatever your reasons are for remaining with Windows 7, we’re sharing our experience with our users still using Windows 7.
With the end of life date being in January of this year it is highly recommended that you make the switch to Windows 10. For everyday that you are still using Windows 7, your vulnerability to cyber attacks, threats, and hackers goes up by 2% from the previous day. This may be okay for the 10% of people that are not connecting to the internet, but for the rest of us this could mean big trouble. This trouble isn't just for office users, either. If you do anything private on your home computer such as pay bills - you are at significant risk.
This is probably the most frustrating aspect for everyone. Not only are users experiencing numerous computer crashed due to the lack of updates, the IT professionals are struggling to explain that there comes a certain point where you have to upgrade your technology. If you continue with Windows 7, be prepared for the day that your computer has permanently shut down. A few things to prolong your use are to discontinue using Internet Explorer, perform a weekly computer cleaning with a program such as CC-Cleaner and a good anti-virus.
What are my options?
There are some options for those that don't want to buy a brand new computer. To update your current computer to Windows 10 will run you around $140 but before you purchase the update, you'll want to make sure that your PC is compatible with the update. If not, you're out money that could go to a new PC. If you have any questions as to if your computer is compatible, reach out to us!
Although change can be scary, the best thing to do is embrace it. Once you embrace the change you will be so happy that you did. You'll finally remember what a fast computer felt like from years ago which will leave the entire home or work family happy and productive! The most logical solution is to spend your hard earned money on a computer that you know will last longer than a computer updated from Windows 7. You have to remember that not only is the Operating System dead, the hardware in the PC is probably getting pretty up there in age by now. Maggard Technology Solutions loves to help our community make the right technical decisions. If you have any questions about the process of switching, navigating around in your new windows 10 environment, if your current computer can handle the switch, or would like suggestions on reliable computers please reach out to us!