Are you still using Microsoft Office 2003? If so, you’re no longer receiving security updates because support for Microsoft Office 2003 ended in April of this year.
Do you receive MS Office documents which you cannot open? Or are documents received garbled or corrupt? Not everyone saves documents backward as 2003 compatible. If you find this happening often, it may be time to upgrade.
Are you still using Microsoft XP? If so, you no longer have support for your operating system as it ended in April as well.
What about Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) – also no longer supported, AND the XP platform will not run the newer IE’s.
After the Heartbleed virus scare last April many professionals switched to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers. If you use IE8, you might be exposing your PC to outside threats; If you continue to use the XP platform you may want to discontinue using IE8.
I recently experienced a problem with Mozilla Firefox – where all my Adobe pdf icons became FireFox html icons; I was no longer able to open a pdf with Adobe Acrobat. A simple uninstallation of FireFox fixed my problem, and I now use the Google Chrome browser on that particular computer… which happens to be using the XP platform.
The cost of upgrading to a new data system can be intimidating… but the cost of hardware/software failure and losing your data could be potentially devastating. Even with a good backup product – like iBackUp – you will be ‘out-of-business’ for at least 24 hours… a long time indeed if this occurs during a tax season crunch.
What are your ‘options’ ??? Use Windows XP unsupported (unprotected) but your PC has become five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses which means you could get hacked and have personal information stolen. From a technology standpoint, new equipment may not, probably will not, work with the XP platform. As time moves on, your PC performance will continue to degrade.
Another option is to upgrade to a newer operating system. Have your technology support staff review your pc – you may be able to upgrade. If you cannot upgrade your pc, it may be time to buy a new one.
Don’t get caught short. Consider updating your system now – during the slow season – and take time before next January to get accustomed to and familiar with new software. I’ve never taken any replacement hardware off my network; and it all still works… but I no longer ‘depend’ upon it to work. Instead I have a newer desktop and a newer laptop and redundancy built into most everything I do.