I’m sure you’ve noticed. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will discontinue support for the “obsolete” Windows 7 operating system. After that, there will be neither technical support from Microsoft Customer Service nor software updates to protect the affected computers. This could become a problem. The use of Windows 7 will then become insecure. Microsoft will then no longer provide protection against critical vulnerabilities that can be used by criminals as a gateway to possible data misuse or manipulation.
A secure use of computers with an outdated operating system is hardly possible. This is particularly risky in networked systems, as is the case in companies or public authorities. Even if only one of the numerous computers runs with an old operating system, this is a weak point that represents an increased security risk for the entire network. Any external contact of these computers – whether through the use of mobile data storage devices, the connection to the Internet or networking with other PCs – represents a danger. The manufacturer Microsoft therefore gives the urgent recommendation to switch to a modern operating system such as Windows 10 before January 2020.
Windows 7 – Do you have all systems in view?
Now it’s time to act. But do you really have an overview of which operating systems are present in your entire IT network and on which systems they are installed? Were the lists always updated and maintained? Often several people in a company carry out these activities. Are you sure that your colleague has always maintained the data cleanly? Relying on others is always risky. Especially when it comes to the security of the entire company. A delicate situation, isn’t it?
No! Not if you have the right tool for the job. With Docusnap, you never have to worry about security gaps caused by outdated operating systems again. Docusnap inventories all operating systems used in the network and determines also on which systems they are installed.