What is a zero-day exploit?
A zero-day exploit is when there is a known vulnerability in a software product that hackers can use to exploit and adversely impact your computer systems, or data for malicious purposes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-day_(computing)
Microsoft is halting security and patch updates for Windows 7 OS on January 14, 2020, and the same goes for Windows Server 2008. This end-of-life cycle is part of Microsoft’s Fixed Lifecycle Policy. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4470235/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2020
If you still have these products live in your business network, start doing something about this now while you still have time. After January 14, 2020, the hackers are waiting to see how many systems they can infiltrate using the zero-day exploit.
So how many Windows 7 users are there around the globe? According to Net Applications, there are still 28% of Windows 7 computers active as of September 2019. There are billions of users across the globe, so hundreds of million users will be affected by this change.
There are ways to upgrade without replacing the entire system, and we can help assess your network and see if you qualify.
Can anyone stop you from using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008? The answer is no, but know the implications that come with products that have reached its end-of-life-support.
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