There's bad news for Windows 7 users, which is still one of the most popular operating systems. It's time to move on as Microsoft a few months ago announced plans to cease support for the operating system from January 14, 2020. This means you will have no option but to shift to the latest version of Windows.
Why Shift to Windows 10?
Since Microsoft has decided to cease support for the decade-old OS, you will have to move to Windows 10 in order to be able to continue using the latest Windows programs and enjoy customer support.Computers running Windows 7 will still continue to operate. However, you may not be able to install the latest drivers, apps since they will not support Windows 7. Other than this, it will also get riskier to continue to use Windows 7 since Microsoft will stop rolling out security updates for the OS.This can be a major reason to bid adieu to Windows 7 since cybersecurity is a major concern among businesses. You cannot afford to continue to use an OS that doesn't protect you as it means putting your data at risk. In such a scenario, your only option is to move to another operating system. While you have other options such as macOS and Linux, they may not be suitable if you’re a Windows user as they may not work on your device or make it difficult to use the computer. Hence, Windows 10 is your best bet. It will protect your computer better, offer more apps, and even work faster.
2) Educate Your Employees
One of the most reliable ways to protect your business is to educate your employees regarding possible risks and threats. Contrary to popular belief, hackers typically use simple hacks such as phishing emails to break into a system.
Hence, it may be a good idea to teach your employees to identify risks and to avoid:
- Clicking untrusted links
- Using unauthorized devices
- Sharing data with others
- Selecting easy to crack passwords
- Giving personal information to others, etc.
3) Use Multi Factor Authorization
Almost all top software and service providers, including social media platforms like Facebook, offer multi factor authorization. It provides an extra layer of security by requiring the person to enter a code that’s sent to the registered number or email.
Most credit card providers and banks also provide this option to ensure safety. It only takes a few minutes to activate this feature. With two factor authorization enabled, nobody will be able to log into the system even if they have your login details.
4) Choose Difficult Passwords
Bid adieu to easy to guess passwords and use passwords that are difficult to crack. Here are some tips:It must contain at least 11 charactersIt should contain a mix of letters (including block letters), numbers, and symbolsIt shouldn’t be generic or related to your business /personality, which may make it easy to guess
5) Create Regular Backups
Hacks and data breaches can result in the loss of data that can cause businesses huge losses. You should be prepared to handle such situations and the best way to do so is to backup all your files. Use a reliable service for this purpose. The cloud service or backup tool you use to copy your files should be hack-proof.
Following these tips will help your business stay safe. The key lies in being careful and educating employees about possible risks.
Only Do What You Can Do Trying to install or remove a piece of hardware or upgrading certain software can worsen the situation. If you are not good at handling computers then it is best to hire the services of an IT professional who can inspect the device, suggest changes, and also perform them for you.
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