Doesn’t it seem like your computer is always telling you there’s an update available? Yes, it’s annoying, but it really is best to stay up-to-date on your operating systems, apps and especially your security software. Updates typically mend any holes in the code that allow security threats to creep in.
“The programs you do not update are more at risk for a security breach,” Mike, HawkPoint’s IT Manager, said.
These updates help keep your computer running smoothly and offer the most secure protection, but some updates are pushed out to simply offer a cool new feature or enhancement. If you continually postpone an update, you may be missing out on an exciting improvement.
Make the updates work on your schedule. Most can be postponed to a time that works best for you—set them to run right before you head out to lunch or before you shut down at the end of the day.
Windows 7 Retirement
Speaking of updates… Did you know Windows 7 is coming to the end of its life in January 2020? This means it will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft. If computers are not upgraded to a newer version of Windows, these machines will be susceptible to malicious software and other security threats.
Not sure which Windows version you’re using? Follow this link to find out: Microsoft Help
We are currently helping customers transition from Windows 7 to newer Windows operating systems that are supported by Microsoft. Here at HawkPoint, we use Office 365 which provides both desktop and web-based services. The flexible licensing options allow different users to have different permissions, which can help cut costs by providing only what each user needs. If someone only needs email, the cost is less than those who may also need traditional Office applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
If you need to update to a new Windows operating system, we can help you. When you team up with us, we’ll do the planning for you, and let you know of upcoming needs, such as Windows system retirements, so you can plan your budget accordingly and be prepared for the updates.