Should you upgrade to Windows 11?

Windows 11 will be available soon. Should you upgrade? Over the past months Insource IT has kept track of the pros and cons of Windows 11 and our verdict is ‘wait’. Too much is still being tested. With Microsoft’s poor track record this year we advise against jumping too quickly into Microsoft’s next release. In addition, Microsoft’s minimum performance requirements mean you’ll need to replace a significant number of your computers to make this jump.

Should I buy a new computer?

This is a question I get asked often. So when should you upgrade your computers?

Well, it depends. We believe that with the latest computer hardware it has been possible to get more life out of your computers than previously possible. 64 bit operating systems and solid-state hard drives have improved the usability of older hardware. However, an aging computer still slows down your workforce. When it comes to efficiency, you don’t want a computer making your employee 5% less efficient or worse.

Think about it like this. An employee making $50k a year has a loaded cost of let’s say $65k/yr. The cost for your employee is roughly $250 A DAY. A new computer costs roughly $1500. The cost for your computer is roughly $2 A DAY (on a 3-year replacement interval). You can see why even a 5% loss of efficiency for your employee could cost you $3250 PER YEAR. Is saving money not replacing old computers really worth it?

All other things being equal you have to make the right choice for your business. Our recommendation is to replace computers every 3 years. When thinking about replacing computers you should have a hard look at your efficiencies along with other business considerations.

When you’re ready to replace infrastructure reach out to us and we’ll help you make the best decision for your business.

Update Now: Major Apple Device Zero-Day Vulnerability FORCEDENTRY

On Monday Apple released fixes for security defects in iOS and macOS which are being actively exploited in the wild. While Apple did not provide details there is enough information on the web to learn just how bad these vulnerabilities are.

Effectively, a hacker can gain access to your phone, tablet, or computer and install spyware which controls your camera, microphone, and accesses your data. All they have to do is send a cleverly crafted message. You don’t even have to click it.

It is believed the original purpose was to target political activists in Bahrain. However, with the power of this exploit you should take care to patch your devices right away. Below are the versions you should install now.

macOS Big Sur 11.6
iOS 14.8
iPadOS 14.8

If you know someone who would benefit from this information make sure to forward it to them!

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2021 Ransomeware And Additional Steps

The threat of ransomware hitting your business is greater than ever. In 2021 the frequency of ransomware events have grown many times over. Earlier this year Insource IT reviewed our security stance and has increased our threat detection within our customer’s environments. Our additional security measures add protection and aim to prevent an event rather than react to it.

If you know of any other businesses that are behind on cybersecurity preparedness, please refer them to us!