Office 2007 is End of Life. What are the Risks and Options?

On October 10th 2017, Office 2007 reached End of Life. In addition, as of October 31st 2017, Outlook 2007 will be unable to connect to Office 365 mailboxes. As a result companies using Outlook 2007 and Office 365 for email will not be able to send or receive emails after this date.

Microsoft Office 2007, like almost all Microsoft products, has a support lifecycle during which they provide new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. When Office 2007 reaches its End of Life, Microsoft and its service providers will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for issues
  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered
  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered

You will still be able to use the software, but without anyone monitoring its vulnerabilities or releasing security patches you’re leaving your business wide open to cyber threats. Many of the well-publicised company hacks have been as a result of flaws in un-patched software.

If you are still running versions of Office older than Office 2007 – including but not limited to Office 2003, Office 2000, Office XP and Office 97, you have the same security risks as described above. The below information is also relevant to you.

So what should you do?

Consequently before the End of Life for Office 2007, Microsoft recommend users to follow one of these steps:

Move to an Office 365 plan which includes a subscription to the latest version of office.

Upgrade to Office 2016 using Volume License or Retail Versions.

Upgrade to an earlier version of Office, such as Office 2013.

Microsoft’s website article on Office 2007 reaching End of Life is here.

A short video from Microsoft on Office 365 and what it offers your organisation is here.

Consequently if you are using Office 2007 or any older Office products you now have significant risk in your business.

How to Backup and Restore Registry in Windows 10, 8 and 7

Before working in the windows registry, it is always a good idea to back it up first, so that you have the option of restoration, should something go wrong. This article shows the different ways to backup and restore the Windows Registry or its Hives.

Backup and Restore Registry

Before you begin, it is also a good idea to create a System Restore Point first.

Backup Registry

You can save or backup your Registry using Regedit or the Registry Editor in Windows. Open Run box, type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

To back up the complete Registry, open Regedit, select Computer and right-click on it. Now select Export. Give the file a name and set a location where you want it saved.

The complete registry backup will be saved as a .reg file.

To backup  part of the Registry, navigate to the Registry key or Hive that you wish to. To back it up, click File > Export.

You can save or Backup your Registry in the following formats:

  • A .reg registration file,
  • Registry Hive Files. Saves a binary image
  • Text Files which can be read in Notepad
  • The older Win9x/NT4 format

Select your Export range and Save as type and click on Save to save the backup.

Registry Keys that are not backed up when you create a system restore point

Most of the registry is backed up when you create a system restore point. I say most because the keys that are not included are listed at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001\Control\BackupRestore\KeysNotToRestore

Restore the Registry

To restore the registry from an exported hive, in the left pane of the Registry Editor, select the desired Registry key, where you want restoration done.

Next, click Files > Import on the File menu. Navigate to the backed up file. Click OK to the confirmation prompt.

Alternatively, you can also simply double-click the backed up .reg file, to directly add it.

If you find this a bit difficult, you can always use free tools to achieve the same.

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10 Quick Internet Security Do’s and Don’ts

Internet Security Do’s and Donts Tips

Do’s

1. While you are banking, shopping or paying your bills online, check if the website’s URL begins with ‘https’ and that it has the padlock icon near it. This indicates that the connection is secure.

2. When creating passwords go for unique and hard to guess passwords. Never keep the same password for different online accounts. It is best to have a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, special characters and numbers.

3. Only use your primary email address to stay in touch with people you know or are acquainted with

4. With the increase of ransom ware attacks it is now even more important that you regularly create back ups of your important files. Try to store these backups on external hard drives such as an external SSD drive. You can also use a trusted cloud-based backup service.

5. Use antivirus software

Don’t’s

1. Do not download files or programs from sites you don’t know or trust.

2. Do not use easily detectable passwords on your computer, such as name, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, etc.

3. Do not use the same passwords for all your files.

4. Do not keep your backup information in the same place with your PC. In case an unforeseen situation may appear where your computer is located, you have the certainty that your backup data is safe in a different location.

5. Avoid making your personal information public on social media sites and the internet in general.

 

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