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Say Goodbye to Windows 7

Last month Microsoft officially put an end to Windows 7. After 10 years, Microsoft will no longer be providing support, security updates or bug fixes to Windows 7 users. Instead, the company plans to focus more on technology that provides its users with new experiences.

For the approximately 200 million remaining PCs around the world, this means they will no longer have protected services causing a serious security risk to themselves or their organization. Due to the mainstream use of Windows 7, those who do not update risk being targeted by hackers and viruses who attempt to exploit those who haven’t upgraded.

This can be especially risky for companies dealing with the data of others as it puts those associated with the company at risk as well. The longer companies risk not upgrading, the higher the risk to security.

Because of this severity of risk associated with this change, there have been several recommendations and options given to users on how they can minimize any risks.

Options:

  • Upgrade to Windows 10 – Depending on how old your device is, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for only US$119.
  • Upgrade your Device – Purchase new devices compatible with Windows 10. While this may be the most costly solution – it is the highest recommended.
  • Upgrade to Linux – A free alternative to Windows 7, Linux is specifically designed to run on older computers.
  • Upgrade through Windows Media Creation Tool – Users with a Windows 7 or 8 license key are able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free by upgrading through the Windows Media Creation Tool. While this option may be free, it may be more confusing to some users and does not work for Windows Enterprise users.
  • Get Windows 7 Extended Security Updates – While not highly recommended, this option will protect you against any threat deemed critical or important. It is important to note that this option is only available for the next 3 years.

If for any reason you cannot upgrade your devices, ensure you protect yourself.

Trips to Protect Yourself:

  • Add security layers and ensure you are using antivirus software to detect any threats
  • Implement email protection
  • Provide your employees with security awareness training
  • Try to avoid using the internet on Windows 7 devices and add mitigating controls so you can control who has access
  • Uninstall all unnecessary software and disable any unneeded services

While this transition may be more difficult for some companies, Vernon can help you with your shift. Rent up to date devices and avoid major security risks during your transition to purchasing or upgrading your products. Call us at 1-877-752-0916 or email us at insidesales@vernontech.ca to discuss your options today.

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Magic Leap Retargets to Businesses

Say hello to Magic Leap 1 – a $2995 mixed reality headset aimed at juxtaposing virtual reality animations with the real world. At such a price point, many would agree that the product is priced much too high for the average consumer – and the numbers would say the same. As such, Magic Leap has decided to switch their focus to enterprises, successfully casting themselves into the market for business-related applications. In concentrating on visual interaction, 3D visualization, training and assistance and location-based services, the company has taken steps to appeal to the professional environment.

Magic Leap has recently announced testing for Jump by Magic Leap, aimed at enabling new channels of communication and collaboration for users who are both physically and virtually co-present. With Jump, companies can bridge their digital content with elements of the physical world in a way that grows creative efforts and productivity. Real estate companies have employed Jump as a means of providing individuals with the ability to experience 3D models of buildings while aiding in future development; thereby, reducing travel costs, environmental impacts and processes of interaction.

Jump can generate visual models of just about anything – from jet engines to statistical sets. In producing spatial insights and real-world scaling, Jump takes decision-making and complex business endeavours to the next level. Coupled with a unique ability to create visual representations of instructions, the program also functions to streamline training operations and enable employees to participate in more comprehensive and amusing training sessions.

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Why Renting Technology is Better Than Owning

Technology is always evolving… and so should your business. In order to keep up with your competitors and provide clients with the latest and greatest in tech trends, it is important to have access to the most current products. At Vernon, we understand how expensive ‘keeping up with the times’ can be, which is why we offer a wide range of flexible renting options.

If you only require certain products for a specified amount of time, there’s no reason for you to purchase brand new items at cost. Save your money, and rent instead. With the most current technology made affordable, you can receive top-of-the-line products while avoiding any long-run expenses, commitments, maintenance or storage costs. Depending on the nature of your business, renting may even entitle you to receive certain types of tax-deduction benefits.

Let us help you source your favourite products with minimal payments – so that you can delegate your finances to the more important things.

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Don’t Let Technophobia Overwhelm You

Did you know that research suggests Americans are “more afraid of technology than death?” With our futures becoming more tech-centered, more people are experiencing what has come to be known as technophobia – the fear of technology and its advances. 

If you read our last blog, you already have a sense of how advanced our technology is becoming, and how we are already well on the road of becoming fully dependent on it. Though robot movies and discussions about A.I. can embed a number of frightening thoughts in our heads, most of them are, in fact, irrational fears – the most common one being that of machines making humans obsolete. 

Inasmuch as technophobia is becoming a widespread concern, unfortunately it is not as easy as it sounds to halt our technology use. These tech advances have undoubtedly made our lives easier, and many of our devices have truly become extensions of ourselves in our daily life. 

While technology is not going anywhere soon, we can learn to monitor the amount that we use. With so many of us becoming overwhelmed by all of the changes in our digital world, it is important not to inundate your guests and attendees with an unnecessary amount of digital devices and toys. Don’t overlook the importance of quality over quantity – spend more money on something eye-catching this year and keep your customers at ease. 

Check out our full selection of offerings or call us at 1-877-752-0916 to discuss how we can help you and your business today.