This means there will be no more system updates and security vulnerabilities will not be patched (made safe) leaving XP unsafe to use on the internet.
The bad guys/girls will be ready and waiting, knowing that there will be plenty of XP machines online to exploit, so ignoring this will leave you open to all sorts of nasties.
I’ve seen a few anti-virus companies offering support for a fee, I’m not sure how secure this will be, alarm bells are ringing with me.
What can we do about it?
First of all, back up all your documents/photos etc to a safe place.
You can use an XP machine safely offline, such as a word processor or games machine, if this suits your needs.
You could upgrade to a later windows operating system as long as your computer has the correct specifications to run windows 7 or 8, in my opinion windows 7 is much more user friendly, stable and sensibly laid out if you can get hold of a copy.
You could simply buy a new computer with a later version of windows or an Apple computer.
You could leave windows and buy a chrome-book, they are cheaper than a windows machine and although they have their limitations, they also have lots of advantages, such as more secure and easier to maintain.
Or my favourite option, recycle and install a free version of Linux onto your computer, this will completely wipe your windows operating system and all your files, but if your computer will be no good anyway, what do you have to loose?
These are my favourite Linux distros:
1 Xubuntu: (xubuntu.org) a lightweight version of Ubuntu, good for a Linux beginner, easy to use.
2 Peppermint: (peppermintos.com) again good for beginners, easy to use menus, Google chromium browser as default, good for older hardware.
3 Crunchbang: (crunchbang.org) Lightning fast, minimal, fuss free, not aimed at the beginner, but learn a few Linux terminal update commands and you will be up and running in no time.
4 Mint: (linuxmint.com) cinnamon version is beautiful looking, very easy to use, not as lightweight as the others so will work better on more powerful PC’s (4gb ram or higher).
Loads more versions of Linux can be found on distro watch (distrowatch.com).