Town firms facing up to IT Win­dows dead­line

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

AT least 1 in 3 busi­nesses in Hinck­ley are go­ing to be af­fected by the death of a sig­nif­i­cant chunk of Mi­crosoft soft­ware in just 16 months time.

Win­dows 7, Of­fice 2010 and lots of other soft­ware reaches the end of its life in 2020.

And be­cause so many com­pa­nies rely so heav­ily on it, it’s cre­ated a “tick­ing time bomb” for many lo­cal firms.

That’s the view of lo­cal IT ex­pert Andy Viner at In­talect.

“We’re call­ing this The 2020 Prob­lem,” Andy said. “Be­cause it all ex­pires in 2020. “But we want lo­cal busi­nesses to take ac­tion now, not leave it till 2020 as it’ll be too late then.”

End of life means the soft­ware will no longer be sup­ported by Mi­crosoft. So if there are any prob­lems with it, they won’t be fixed.

That makes it dra­mat­i­cally more likely the soft­ware will be tar­geted by hack­ers, mak­ing data theft more likely.

It also means any busi­ness us­ing the soft­ware will no longer be GDPR-com­pli­ant. The soft­ware af­fected in­cludes: Win­dows 7 Of­fice 2010 Ex­change 2010 Small Busi­ness Server 2011 Win­dows Server 2008 Andy has writ­ten a full guide, show­ing lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and man­agers how to iden­tify whether they are us­ing this soft­ware just by what they see on their screen.

You can get this guide free at http:// in­talect.co.uk/.

In­talect was formed in 2004, and now looks after many lo­cal busi­nesses in the Hinck­ley area.

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