Total IT management is an integral part of cybersecurity measures. Cybercriminals can exploit any operating system or software that is unsupported. When computers are left with older and unsupported operating systems or applications, they are vulnerable to various malware and data breaches.
Sadly, many business leaders still find it challenging to replace unsupported tools on their computers. This affects the efforts directed at complying with cybersecurity regulations and requirements.
The irony is that many business leaders know the importance of enforcing cybersecurity measures, suchas installing security patches. Yet, they often miss unsupported versions of operating systems and tools that no longer receive any form of security or feature updates.
According to a warning issued by the FBI, it has seen cybercriminals exploiting older operations systems that have already reached end-of-life (EOL). In the warning, the FBI stated, “As time passes, Windows 7 becomes more vulnerable to exploitation due to lack of security updates and new vulnerabilities discovered. Microsoft and other industry professionals strongly recommend upgrading computer systems to an actively supported operating system.”
Most developers create their products with an expected lifecycle. As such, when its lifecycle ends, it is important to uninstall it because such tools will no longer receive any security updates or patches from the developer.
Unsupported tools may be insignificant to you, but hackers are constantly looking for new vulnerabilities. As soon as they discover one, they use it against your organization.
Let’s discuss the unsupported tools on your PC that put you at constant cybersecurity risk.
- Internet Explorer
Microsoft created it. This tool survived the test of time and became a common name in the browser space. During its inception, this browser was primarily favored by many internet users.
The end of Internet Explorer was a long time coming as Microsoft has employed various means of discouraging people from using it for the past five years. Microsoft announced to the general public that it would no longer provide support for Internet Explorer from 15 June 2022.
The announcement was made known by the Microsoft Edge program manager, who maintained that the future of Internet Explorer is on the Microsoft Edge. The support team also mentioned that from 17 August, Internet Explorer 11 would not be supported for online services such as Outlook and Office 365.
- Windows 7
Microsoft announced that its support for Windows 7 ended on 14 January 2020. This means that a PC that still runs on Windows 7 is open to cyberattacks, bugs, and malware as the developer will no longer provide any form of security upgrades, patches, and technical support.
Using this unsupported tool on a PC is synonymous with bringing a termite-infested wood and summoning the lizards to a feast. Thus, the chances of cyberattacks on your PC will be amplified as new vulnerabilities emerge on the operating system.
- Adobe Flash Player
Adobe announced in July 2017 that after 31 December 2020 that it will no longer provide support for the Flash Player. To this effect, it reported that Flash content on Adobe would be blocked from 12 January 2021.
The developer encouraged users to uninstall the tool from their PCs to save them from avoidable risks. Anyone who still has the Adobe Flash Player on the PC is vulnerable to various risks as security patches, and upgrades won’t be made available.
- Microsoft SQLServer 2016 (CRM)
Microsoft announced that 13 July 2021 was the end of support for SQL server 2016. This implies that Microsoft has officially ended its mainstream and extended support for this operating system. As such, it will not provide any form of enhancement to the version. But it promised to extend support for security fixes it requires.
In the case of support, a stipulated fee will be paid to get it done. Else, the internet users are to use an upgraded version of the SQL server. However, the end of support for Microsoft SQLServer 2016 is dated 14 July 2026. Which will be here before you know it, so it’s best to upgrade sooner rather than later.
- AngularJS (Framework)
AngularJS (Framework) was introduced in 2009 as a project that will handle SaaS applications. In January 2018, the developer announced that the platform would proceed to long-term support on 30 June 2021.
However, on 1 January 2022, the tool no longer received support from the developer to fix security issues or updates. Anyone using the AngularJS on PCs must consider migrating to another platform as the developer will no longer support it.
- macOS Catalina
Apple intends to release a new macOS version in 2022. The company announced that its support for the macOS Catalina would end in November. If this is the case, there are few chances for the macOS Catalina to survive in 2023.
This OS is next on the list to be dropped for support, so if you have any computers running Catalina, you may want to upgrade now to either Big Sur (macOS 11) or Monterey (macOS 12).
Protect Your PC With B-Comp Services
Working with an unsupported tool on your PC is something that can compromise your cybersecurity practices.
Best cybersecurity practices are essential to keep your information protected. Contact B-Comp services at (303)-282-4934 for a consultation.