The importance of being up-to-date


Just as your car needs servicing to keep it running smoothly, your computer needs regular updates to keep it running smoothly online. Over time, security loop-holes can be found in operating systems and the software that runs on them, and these holes need closing to keep your system and personal information safe.

Update your operating system

The newest version of any operating system is generally the safest one to use so when a new version is released consider upgrading. You can increase the safety of older equipment by installing all the updates or security patches provided by the company.

Embracing tools such as Azure could be particularly important for businesses that are still relying on outdated solutions that are no longer supported. For example, Windows Server 2003 reached its end-of-support date in July last year, meaning there will be no further upgrades or patches to protect against security issues, while users will also no longer be able to contact Microsoft for help with any issues they have.

Running on old technology

Businesses that are still running the technology after this date may therefore be vulnerable to a range of issues. But despite the fact this deadline has been publicised for a while, many firms are leaving it to the last minute to upgrade. The CIF’s survey found 58% of companies polled in February reported that still used Windows Server 2003.

If small and medium-sized enterprises want to bring their operations fully into the 21st century, they need to be thinking about upgrading their solutions now. When migrating away from Windows Server 2003, there are a range of options available depending on what they need to achieve, such as Windows Server 2012 R2, Azure or Office 365, we can help your business determine what their needs are and let them know about options and packages that will help them avoid being at risk in the future.

24th March 2016
By pcr

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