Your Computer’s Lifespan

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Whether you’re a laptop or desktop person, your computer is possibly the most valuable electronic you own. From your work files to photos of your kid’s firsts, your data attaches you to the device you’ve been using all these years. On top of that, many don’t particularly like change. You’ve already spent time learning how to use the computer you have now, why fix something that’s not broken?

Technology has a lifespan, despite what some may think. Although the hardware can last beyond its capability, the software of obsolete computers is detrimental to the security of your information. Cyber attackers target computers with older versions of software for the reason that the software is no longer being updated and maintained, therefore easier to infiltrate.

Similar to cars, the older it is, the more likely something will breakdown. For computers, the risk of hardware isn’t the only problem that comes with age. There’s the software. Perhaps, the start-up or load times don’t bother you. You’re used to the way Window’s Vista functions, you like what you know. That technology was released in 2006, however, which makes it 13 years old. Even Windows 10 was released 4 years ago in 2015.

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Timeline of Microsoft Windows Release

End of Mainstream Support:

  • Windows Vista: April 10, 2012
  • Windows 7: January 13, 2015
  • Windows 8.1: January 9, 2018

What does this mean? When Microsoft decides to end support for their software, it means that they aren’t pushing out updates, security fixes, and other helpful things your computer would need to stay current. In keeping a device that has an unsupported version of Windows, you put your computer and data at risk.

If my hardware is fine, why can’t I keep updating my computer? The answer is that new software is built for new hardware. The ability to run new software on old hardware is difficult, and most of the time, it won’t work. As humanity continues to evolve and innovation expands, keeping up with current technology is a necessity, particularly if you value your data, which most do. Considering a new computer? Contact the NOC at 904-471-0022 or email help@thenoc.net for advice.