No more security updates; are you still using Windows 7 for your Digital Signage or Public Use Technologies?

In January 2020 Microsoft ended support for its Windows 7 platform. This didn’t mean that the technology stopped working altogether or the service and support you were accustomed to receiving was no longer available. However, the end of Windows 7 support did mean that security vulnerabilities of the platform would no longer be resolved.

Windows 7 has long been a staple of the professional technology landscape, often in publicly accessible places – those technologies have now become a cyber vulnerability and threat to a business’s digital health. 

Protecting yourself from the threat is easy though, most platforms can be updated and upgraded to the latest windows platform, while there are also a number of alternatives to Windows OS for professional technology solutions. 

At Uniguest, we are constantly looking to evolve and enhance our offering. An example of that innovation is the early adoption of Windows 10 for our Secured Advantage 10 (SA10) public-use workstation, allowing us to future proof our clients and create a migration path for their investments. 

Alongside this we have also continued to support clients with their Windows 7 machines, offering technical and expert advice and support to help maintain integrity and reliability. However, we continue to strongly recommend refresh with our partners, as it ensures your cyber security and guest safety is as good as it can be.

Uniguest has also adopted non-Windows based media players for our digital signage deployments, using the more robust Linux platform alongside our own security and encryption standards. Not only does Linux not require ongoing license fees, but it also has a great reputation for security which is the reason it is often the OS choice for servers and infrastructure in global enterprise.

Our Digital Signage solutions, alongside our Guest Room Entertainment and IPTV technology, are made more robust because of its Linux base, allowing you to deliver digital menus, advertising, communications, public health messaging, live TV, in-house channel and much more with the peace of mind that it is highly unlikely to be hacked or compromised. 

Fundamentally, to ensure your network and your organization stays cyber-healthy you need to either upgrade and update regularly or replace older solutions for newer, more secure technology.