29th November 2019
Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr. (Burns, Figa & Will, P.C.)
Herrick K. Lidstone, Jr. of MSI's Denver law member Burns, Figa & Will, P.C . provides important tips that will increase your security in the rapidly changing electronic world.
A.) Get Rid Of Windows 7
We have known for quite a period of time that Microsoft is going to stop supporting its Windows 7 operating system on January 14, 2020. This not only means that it will not be updated, but it means that as bugs or intrusions are found, they will not be repaired.
As reported by Jim Calloway in the CBA’s November LPM Newsletter:
[I]t will be dangerous to use a Windows 7 machine to hold client data after that date. The challenge is that nearly half of the computers in the U.S. are running Windows 7. Another budgetary challenge is that some of those machines don’t have the specs to run Windows 10, so an OS upgrade will not be possible without hardware upgrades and that likely means new computer purchases will be required for those users. But some more recently-purchased Windows 7 computers are upgradable to Windows 10.
You can still use a Windows 7 machine after January 14. But if that computer is connected either to the internet or your law firm network, it is “the weakest link” and puts your client information and business operations at risk. Surely you understand the logic. Microsoft has been publicizing this change for many months. This means no more security upgrades. Those people who look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in code are still in business and you can bet that if they find a new exploit they are not going to release it in 2019 so Microsoft can diagnose the weakness and repair it. Logic dictates they will wait until mid-January 2020 to unleash their new exploit. How realistic the risk is that this will happen and what damage will potentially occur, I cannot say. But the calculation is easy for me- the potential risk is too great to ignore because the potential loss is so great and the safeguard is so simple.
Read the full article to increase your security in a rapidly changing electronic world
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