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Keeping your firm’s software up to date is vital to the security of your practice and the interests of your clients.

Back in January 2020 LPLC advised firms that Windows 7 was no longer supported by Microsoft. Similarly, Microsoft ended support for Windows 8.1 in January 2023. The most up to date version is now Windows 11.

Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 no longer receive security updates, patches or technical support from Microsoft leaving them very vulnerable to cyber-attack. Cyber criminals actively target practitioners using old and unsupported systems. Microsoft recommends users of these legacy systems move to Windows 11 to avoid exposure to security risks.

If you are still using Windows 7 or 8.1 and are a subscriber to PEXA, you will not be meeting obligations to be running a currently supported operating system as set out in the PEXA Subscriber Security Policy.

If you don’t know what version of Windows you are running you can follow these simple instructions to find out.

Law firms, lawyers and their clients are prime targets for cyber-crime. LPLC strongly advises that firms stop using Windows 7 and 8.1 and upgrade their Windows operating system to Windows 11 as soon as possible. The cost of upgrading to Windows 11 pales to insignificance when compared with the potential financial consequences of a cyber-attack on your firm. You should consult your IT professional to assess and upgrade your software and secure your technology overall. See LPLC’s Cyber Security Guide for Lawyers and the other links below for more information.