Computers older than 3 years are less secure

Computers older than 3 years are less secure

In the case of desktops, a company equipped with computers older than three years is 60 percent more likely to experience security breaches than one where the computers are newer. Even with properly updated security systems.

Older machines are subject to 3.26 virus attacks per year, while computers under three years old have an average of 2.55 attacks per year, reveals the Techaisle study, revealed by Intel last Friday .

The study also indicates that, when hit by viruses, computers with more than three years of use are, on average, stopped at 4:45 am per incident. The most recent ones took 3h30 to recover from an attack.

Also with regard to notebooks, age influences the safety levels of the machines. The oldest are subject to 3.5 attacks per year (on average), and the most recent are only 2.2.

When infected, older laptops take, on average, 3h36 to be rehabilitated. A 21 percent longer period than that for notebooks under three years old (3 hours).

Techaisle has also identified which types of hardware failures most affect computers older than three years in small and medium-sized businesses. Fifty-eight percent of reported failures were related to burned-out power supplies. Hard drive failures are the second most common cause of equipment problems.

In the case of new equipment, the biggest problems also occur in terms of the power supply, but only in 6 percent of companies. Malfunctions in the network card and hard disk are other problems monitored in the latest equipment.