In one year (January 14, 2020) Windows 7 goes end of life.
That means that Microsoft will quit fixing security holes and vulnerabilities in Windows 7.
Windows 7 PCs won’t stop working. But hackers go crazy for this. Because any new way that is found to hack into these PCs won’t ever be fixed. They share this info with each other.
They then start to collect your usernames and passwords, debit and credit card numbers, and any other personal information they can.
They also love to get on PCs used to file tax returns, so they can file a false tax return and steal your refund.
Here at the credit union we will have all Windows 7 systems upgraded or replaced by that date.
I am passing this info along so that if you use a Windows 7 PC at home, you can start to think about what you are going to do.
Your options are:
- Take your PC to someone that works on them and discuss upgrading to Windows 8 or 10
- Take your PC to someone that works on them and replace Windows with a free operating system like Linux Ubuntu or Mint
- Take advantage of PC sales over the next year and replace your PC
- Keep using your Windows 7 PC and risk identity theft and fraud.
You have a year.