If you are in charge of your network at work then creating a safe computing environment can be a tremendously daunting task.
There are all types of external factors that you have to think about when you are embarking on creating a network that will be able to survive all of the pressures from the outside.
And then you can add to that the fact that you have to make sure that you think about cost pressures from your superiors at the office as well.
If the security measure that you are implementing costs more than the data that it is protecting then you can find yourself in as much trouble as if someone was able to hack the system.
This is why you must make sure that you do what you can to keep yourself safe.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to make sure that you have upgraded all of the software that you use to run the network.
This includes the computer nodes on the system.
The biggest update that you can do is with the operating system.
Make sure that you upgrade your older Windows operating system with the new Windows 7.
If you do not then you are putting yourself and your company at risk.
Why Is It Important To Update The Operating System?
The operating system is the front line of your computer when it comes to the interaction between you and the hardware.
When most people think of the operating system they usually think that it is only the colorful material that you see the icons on.
I am here to tell you that it is much more than that.
The operating system is what makes your interaction with the hardware a pleasurable one (hopefully!).
It also allows the programs that you run on a daily basis to interact with the hardware without getting your hands dirty.
Every year the hardware updates and old flaws are addressed.
If you are not updating your operating system then you will not be able to take advantage of the new protection against the flaws that are already in the hardware.
The same goes with the software as well.
Old operating systems have holes in them that must be addressed by more than a downloadable update from Microsoft.
To make sure that the update is done right, they will wait and place it in the next iteration of the operating system software.
Most of these types of updates have a direct connection with the security and the stability of the system as well.
When you have an older operating system the hackers that will try to attack your system may have reliable holes that they can use to take advantage of.
It might even be holes that the creators of the operating system have not been made aware of yet.
By making sure you update your operating system to the latest version, you have a higher chance of that hole being addressed.
Even if it is not addressed directly, there is a good chance that the operating system has made some changes in the code that will change how the hole works.
Also, with an update to the operating system, the software that runs on the top of the operating system will now be able to take advantage of some of the new security features that the new system might have added.
Most software programmers use what is called an API to be able to access different parts of the operating system.
For example, if they would like to be able to download a file with their program, then they will have to use a disguised API call to the operating system to be able to do that.
I say disguised because it is beneath the programming language that they are using.
Fixes made by Microsoft to the underlying API makes sure that holes that were there before have now have been filled.
This may not be noticed by the end user but it will directly impact how safe they are on the computer.
Windows 7 is an update that falls under all of these categories.
A lot of people skipped the Vista version of Windows and stayed with Windows XP.
While they may have gotten an operating system that they were comfortable with, they still did not have the adequate security that an updated operating system brings.
Luckily, with Windows 7, the end users now for the most part feel comfortable enough to make the switch.
While they may not understand the security changes that the new operating system can bring you, being a seasoned tech, can surely appreciate the new found safety in both the front and the back end.