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Legacy Microsoft products will be unsafe next year, warns tech firm

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Rob O'GormanRob O'GormanMillions of businesses running older Microsoft products will be dangerously susceptible to cybercriminals next year, a Swindon tech firm has warned.

Rob O’Gorman, technical consultant at Liddington-based information technology and services company Evaporate has warned the popular software will no longer be updated or patched by Microsoft from 2020.

The affected software includes:

  • Windows 7
  • Office 2010
  • Exchange 2010
  • Small Business Server 2011
  • Windows Server 2008

“Once Microsoft ends the life of certain software in just 12 months, it will be a shining beacon for hackers,” said Rob."

“We believe some hackers are already storing up vulnerabilities they’ve found in the software. When Microsoft stops supporting it, they’ll effectively be unstoppable.”

Rob says The 2020 Problem represents a GDPR issue that can cost businesses thousands, in addition to downtime and loss of revenues.

"Companies may already be experiencing a taste of things to come. Some businesses are finding that their computers are taking longer to wake up when they’re turned on," he said.

Evaporate has produced a free guide to help businesses prepare. The 2020 Problem is free to download and provides an easy way for businesses to discover if their software will no longer be supported by Microsoft, thereby opening the door to cyber attacks, GDPR issues, and lack of CPI compliance.

The guide can be downloaded from https://evaporate.tech/the-2020-problem/