The term “use by date” is commonly associated with perishable goods and medications, indicating the date beyond which consumption is not safe. Surprisingly, software and hardware also have expiration dates due to the rapid evolution of technology. What was once at the forefront of technology can rapidly become obsolete.
Newer technology might help you be more productive but, more importantly, outdated technology poses significant security and privacy risks for businesses. It may not have the latest security features and patches, leaving devices and data vulnerable to attacks. Additionally, obsolete technology may not comply with current privacy regulations, putting data at risk. Planning for system upgrades when they reach their expiration date is essential to safeguard your business.
Office 2013, for example, is no longer supported by Microsoft as of January 2023. This lack of support means users won’t receive technical assistance, bug fixes, or security updates, leaving them exposed to potential security vulnerabilities like malware, phishing, ransomware, and data theft.
It’s safer for businesses to migrate to Microsoft 365 because it’s a subscription-based model that’s patched automatically.
The best way for most small and midsized businesses to take a proactive approach to protecting their business is to work with a dedicated support teams that releases updates and patches, so you aren’t running on old software. They also track your hardware and know when it’s time to replace or upgrade.
If you’re committed to safeguarding your organization by ensuring no outdated software or hardware is in use, seeking expert assistance is advisable. We are here to help, leveraging our experience and expertise to guide you in securing your business and providing the necessary tools to prevent issues related to outdated software or hardware. Reach out to us for a no-obligation consultation and further support.