The Windows 7 operating system reached end of life on January 14th, 2020. This means that there will be no future feature releases, bug fixes, technical support, and/or security vulnerability patches released for this operating system. How this affects your business and why you should upgrade to the latest operating system will be discussed within this article.
The biggest concern for restaurants and other businesses that process credit cards is that this operating system or any point of sale system that uses this operating system will no longer be able to be certified PCI compliant as of January 14th, 2020. This means that if your company does not correct this PCI compliance violation your credit card processor can refuse to process credit cards for you and/or charge fines or fees until the violation is corrected.
This also will be a major concern for medical offices that are required to maintain and certify HIPPA compliance. The continual use of a operating system that has reached end of life can lead to fines, and further action which vary based on the severity of the violation such as the lack of a comprehensive strategy to resolve the violation.
Our team would like to stress that while this does affect businesses in terms of compliance it is also in itself by general nature advised to upgrade at this time to prevent exposing your sensitive business data by using an operating system that may be vulnerable to known vulnerabilities that will not be patched. If you have any questions or need assistance upgrading your systems to Windows 10 our team is standing by ready to assist.