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SECURITY RISK: Screens running on Windows 7

January 10, 2020

 

Every digital screen you see has some kind of computer connected to control the content. Screens that were installed five years ago or more may be powered by a computer running the Windows 7 operating system. As of next week, these screens (or their computers) will pose a vulnerability and security threat, as Microsoft recently announced the Windows 7 “end-of-life”.

 

So what does this mean? End-of-life is the date after which Microsoft will no longer support the Windows 7 operating system of those devices. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide updates or technical support for the Windows 7 operating system. So from Wednesday next week onwards, Windows 7 devices will not receive:

  • Software updates

  • Security updates

  • Technical support

Chances are that if there are screens in your network with a computer running Windows 7, they have already experienced failure at some point (or often). However, now they will also be at risk of malware, viruses, and security breaches. No one wants something like that to affect their digital signage or kiosk network, especially if the screens are public-facing.

 

Most of the devices powering the digital screens and kiosks in datmedia's global network are powered by the Chrome OS. However, if your business has screens connected to Windows 7 computers it is time to consider updating to ensure that your network of screens is robust, reliable and secure in this new decade.

 

At datmedia, we take great pride and care in maintaining, monitoring and supporting our client’s network of screens, kiosks and devices. We are here to help if the Windows 7 “end-of-life” could put your existing network of screens at risk. If you would like to see the options available to update in 2020 please contact our friendly team at: hello@datmedia.com.au

 

Please consider sharing this article in case any friends, family, and colleagues have “end-of-life” devices that require attention. Thanks for reading and sharing.

 

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