If you’re using a Windows 7 computer, you’ll want to pay attention to this article. Your operating system has exactly 6 months of life left in it. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end security and bug support for the operating system.

What does this mean? Well, your computer won’t suddenly stop working. However, it will no longer be safe to use online. That means you can’t securely surf the internet, get emails, or use any program that requires a connection to the Internet to function properly.

Even if you have a third-party security service like Norton or AVAST, they won’t be able to protect you. Third-party security companies rely on information from Microsoft to protect your PC. Microsoft will no longer be supplying that information. While these services might be able to detect and remove previously known attacks, they won’t have the necessary information to fight new threats. And since hackers know Windows 7 will no longer be protected by Microsoft, it will be a prime target.

So what are your options? Most Windows 7 PCs can be upgraded to Windows 10. Though, if you missed out on that free upgrade period a couple of years back, you’ll have to pay for your upgrade. You could also look into getting a new PC. You might be surprised at how much the prices for basic devices have come down. A fairly inexpensive Windows tablet might be more than enough for your needs.

You could also consider switching your PC to the Linux operating system. It’s free to download, but you will have to learn a whole new operating system. You could also take your PC offline and stick with a phone or tablet for any business you need to conduct online. You may find out that you don’t even need a PC.

No matter what your choice, the clock is ticking.