Updating systems is sometimes seen as an unwelcome cost. So, why is it so important to make sure your systems are up to date? Bernex Sales and Marketing Director Philippe Ricklin and Hauzer Sales Manager Upgrades Albert Hendriks answer some of the most frequently asked questions on this hot topic.
Bernex and Hauzer systems are built to last. That means that machines in the field may be running an operating system that is no longer supported by the manufacturer with updates and fixes. “Our machines rely on the Microsoft Windows operating system,” Albert explains. “Regardless of the age of your installation, it’s important for everyone to update their operating system to the latest supported platform, to safeguard the highest level of security for their coating installation.” “We understand the reluctance customers might have for this expenditure,” Philippe adds. “That’s why we decided to prepare our answers to some of the main questions we receive on this issue. If you can’t find the answer to your question, don’t hesitate to get in touch. And we’ll then do our best to give you an answer.”
Q: Why do I need to update my operating system?
A: The main reason for updating to Windows 10 is security. According to cyber security specialists Varonis, the annual cost of cybercrime worldwide is expected to hit no less than $6 trillion! With the average cost of an attack running into more than $3 million, the need to stay ahead of hackers is clear. Since Microsoft no longer support older versions of Windows, it’s important to make sure you have the latest version. This is currently Windows 10. Updates are a constant part of any IT system maintenance, as all operating systems have a ‘use-by date’.
Q: What other benefits does updating my operating system offer?
A: Monitoring your system anywhere, anytime. With an up-to-date operating system and secure remote VPN connection, you can monitor and control your machine safely from your tablet or smartphone. Take advantage of constant developments. When upgrading to the latest versions of the operating system, you also benefit from the constant developments Hauzer and Bernex have done in their systems.
Q: Will I benefit from this update?
A: Yes! With just an update to your operating system, you’ll already gain a much more secure operating system, complete with the latest continuous improvements and bugfixes. And if you take the opportunity to upgrade the rest of your system at the same time, you would benefit even more.
Q: Can’t I wait? Why invest in updates if the old system works?
A: No! Windows 10 is currently the only version of Windows to constantly receive updates to protect against hackers and ransomware. And it’s really important to do everything you can to safeguard the security of your operation.
Q: If my system isn’t connected to the internet, how am I at risk?
A: There are still risks, for instance when you upload a recipe or download a log on a thumb drive. They can carry viruses and malware to your system just as easily. Just because you can’t see the risk, doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Q: I have Windows XP, do I still need to update my operating system?
A: Yes! Windows XP and Windows 7 are no longer supported with patches or fixes from Microsoft. You need to update to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
Q: When should I update to Windows 10?
A: Now! If you’re planning any technology upgrades, then that’s the perfect opportunity to update your operating system at the same time. Even if you’re not planning to upgrade the rest of your system, it’s still really important to move to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
Q: Will my machine still work if I don’t upgrade?
A: Yes! However, after the Covid-19 shutdown, we saw that several customers could not restart their old systems. So, our advice is to update to Windows 10 as soon as you can.
Q: Is my hardware compatible with the latest version of Windows?
A: To be able to answer this question, we first carry out a remote assessment of your hardware. This helps us identify any issues that need addressing, to ensure the update is a success. We can also suggest potential improvements you might want to consider, such as upgrading your sensors.
Q: Is my antivirus software not sufficient?
A: No! You need more than antivirus software to safeguard your IT security. Moreover, some antivirus software can slow your system down and, when used in combination with outdated versions of Windows, it might not offer the level of security you need.
This article is part of the Hauzer For You issue 36. Click here to read the full magazine.