Windows 8.1 Ending Support

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As you may know, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8.1 in January 2023, and it is important to update or replace every computer running Windows 8.1 before January of next year.

After support for Windows 8.1 ends, you can continue to use the OS, but at your own risk without updates and patches from Microsoft. New computer viruses and other malware are developed all the time and, without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system are vulnerable.

In addition, if you accept payment by credit cards, you must also comply with PCI standards. PCI Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) 6.1 require you to “ensure all system components and software have the latest vendor-supplied security patches installed. Deploy critical patches within a month of release”. Once Microsoft stops releasing patches and updates you will be unable to do this. HIPAA regulations are similar to the PCI standards in this area. HIPAA states that you must implement “procedures for guarding against, detecting, and reporting malicious software”.

Don’t wait until the very last minute to plan your move to a new version of Windows – now is the time! Although your Edge Cloud performance may not be impacted, it is important to protect your valuable information and your office by updating your computer(s). If you have questions about upgrading your computers, contact your local tech or the Ortho2 Network Engineering Team engineering@ortho2.com.

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