Technology is constantly progressing and evolving. Some tools that were once indispensable, like Adobe Flash or Internet Explorer, no longer serve their original purpose; newer versions replace them. If computers and networks aren't kept up-to-date with the most up-to-date technology, they could become vulnerable to attacks.
Older technology may still work on your system, but that doesn't guarantee its safety. The greatest risk associated with outdated technology lies in data breaches.
Out-of-date hardware and software are no longer eligible for important security updates, which often address newly discovered or exploited system flaws. Without security patches installed, a device becomes vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches.
Unpatched system flaws are estimated to be responsible for 13% of data breaches.
The disadvantage to relying on outdated technology is that you could be left behind. Customers may perceive your business as being stuck in the past, which could cause a loss in trust and faith among them.
These are important reasons to always ensure your technology is up to date with the newest supported version:
- Reduce the likelihood of data breaches or malware infections
- Comply with Data Privacy Legislation
- Maintain a good reputation and cultivate customer loyalty
- Being competitive in your market place will allow you to stay ahead of the competition.
- By eliminating hardware and software compatibility issues, manufacturers can reduce potential security risks.
- Enhancing employee productivity
Older systems can be inefficient and hinder employee productivity. These outdated programs may cause frustration, ultimately leading to team disengagement.
Survey results indicated that 49% of workers would consider quitting their job due to inadequate technology.
Here is a list of outdated technology tools you should replace as soon as possible, whether at work or home. These items could still be in use at your workplace or on your computer.
Stop using this tech!
Once the most popular browser, Internet Explorer (IE) has lost its edge to Google Chrome and other browsers. Microsoft Edge now serves as its replacement.
Microsoft launched Microsoft Edge in 2015 and gradually phased out IE in 2016. Since then, fewer applications have supported IE, and all support will end on June 15, 2022.
In the 2000s, millions of websites relied on Adobe Flash for animations and other cool effects. Unfortunately, Adobe made their program obsolete in 2005 and ended it permanently.
On January 1, 2021, Adobe Flash Player officially stopped receiving security updates and support. If you still encounter this on any of your computers today, we suggest that you uninstall both its Flash plugin and browser plugin.
Windows 7 and Prior
Windows 7 was once a highly sought-after operating system. But it has since become outdated; Windows 10 and 11 have taken its place, with the last installation of Windows 7 having been discontinued on January 14th 2020.
Though technically functional, Microsoft Windows OS remains highly vulnerable to cybercriminals. You can be certain that hackers are targeting old versions of this popular operating system.
MacOS 10.14 Mojave or Earlier
Many people opt to keep their MacBooks and iMacs as long as possible due to the high cost of these devices, but updates cease working once they reach a certain age. In such cases, users are left with hardware running an outdated non-supported macOS version.
If your macOS 10.14 Mojave version or earlier is not supported by Apple, then you must upgrade.
Oracle Database 18c
If your company utilizes Oracle, then you should consider updating to the 18C Database. Unpatched system vulnerabilities could expose your company to security breaches.
Oracle 18C Database will cease all support in June 2021, so we recommend you upgrade if you plan to do so. Furthermore, both Oracle 19C and Oracle 21C will experience another end-of-support date: April 2024 for both.
Microsoft SQL Server 2014
Microsoft SQL is a widely-used database program. However, support for SQL Server 2014 has come to an end; all updates - including security patches - will cease in July 2024.
Upgrade early enough that you won't miss any security patches. It is best to upgrade sooner rather than later, giving yourself ample time for testing and verifying the upgrade.
Get Help Upgrading Your Technology & Lowering Risk
Even if your system has been functioning optimally for some time, upgrades can be daunting. There are numerous reasons for being concerned about a migration or upgrade. We can assist in upgrading your technology and testing it thoroughly; schedule an appointment today for a technology review!