We are all aware of the term “use by date.” It is regularly used when talking about food and medications and refers to the date after which the product is no longer safe to consume. However, did you know that your software and hardware can expire too?
Software and hardware can expire because technology is constantly evolving and advancing. As a result, what was once cutting-edge can become obsolete in the blink of an eye.
While many people may not think twice about using outdated technology, it has security and privacy implications for your business. Obsolete technology is often less secure than newer versions because it doesn’t receive modern security features or patches from the manufacturer’s support team, leaving your device less impervious to attacks. Plus, outdated technology may not comply with current privacy regulations, meaning your data could be at risk.
So, what does this mean for you and your organization? First, staying up to date with the latest software programs and hardware is crucial. To protect your business from the downfall of outdated technology, you need a plan for when your systems reach their expiration date.
End-of-support for Office 2013
In April 2023, Office 2013 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Unfortunately, this lack of support means you will not receive any technical assistance, bug fixes, or security updates from Microsoft to cover any potential vulnerabilities.
Even if all your Office 2013 apps continue to function after the specified time, you risk being exposed to security vulnerabilities such as malware, phishing, ransomware, and data theft.
To keep your business safe, the best option is to migrate to Microsoft 365. As a cloud-based service, it can increase employee productivity and collaboration without the risk of using unsupported software. In its subscription-based model, Microsoft automatically patches vulnerabilities that hackers exploit. Your workflow is unaffected by these updates.
Investing in supported technologies is one of the most advantageous ways to protect your business. Supported technologies have routine internal security measures in place, and their support teams create and release updates and patches to make the product more secure and helpful.
In the event of a data breach or cyberattack, supported technologies will also have a team of experts who can assist you in recovering from the incident.
Always remember that prevention is better than cure.
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If you’ve read this far, then you must be determined to protect your organization by ensuring that your team is using no outdated software or hardware. However, this can be a heavy lift without expert assistance. Fortunately, we’re here to help.
We can use our experience and skills to show you the right way to secure your business and provide you with the necessary tools so you won’t be caught off guard by outdated software or hardware. If you’re interested, please reach out to us for a no-obligation consultation.