The Philadelphia Area Computer Society

Users Helping Users Since 1976

The Philadelphia Area Computer Society meets monthly at the Giant Food Store in Willow Grove, PA. PACS is a computer user group where members fix problems, share knowledge, and learn from each other. All platforms and levels of experience are supported. Guests are welcome to attend.



PACS is a member of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups. APCUG promotes and assists computer user groups worldwide. More information is at the APCUG website.


PACS appreciates the Willow Grove Giant Food Store which provides our meeting space. The store also offers The Cooking School with classes on nutrition, healthy eating, smart shopping and cooking. The Community Center provides classes on health and fitness oriented topics.

PACS members are encouraged to support Giant by purchasing food during the meeting at the Marketplace Cafe and thinking about grocery shopping afterward. Food, other than purchased at Giant, may not be brought into the meeting rooms.

Link: O'Reilly Press

PACS members get a 40% discount off the list price of any O'Reilly print book and 50% off any ebook. Enter the discount coupon code DSUG after the title is added to your shopping cart.

Find more discounts here.


PACS is a member of the Association of Personal Computer User Groups. APCUG promotes and assists computer user groups worldwide. More information is at the APCUG website.

Stop.Think.Connect. Logo

PACS is a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign, helping to promote cyber safety at home, in the workplace, and in the community. Are you protecting yourself from potential online risks each time you connect to the Internet? Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Do your part to help make the Internet a safer and more secure place for everyone. Learn more with resources from Stop.Think.Connect.




October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a joint public - private partnership between the Department of Homeland Security, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. PACS is an NCSAM Champion.

According to Homeland Security "The most serious economic and national security challenges we face are cyber threats. America's economic prosperity and competitiveness in the 21st Century depends on effective cyber security. Every Internet user has a role to play in securing cyberspace and ensuring the safety of themselves and their families online."

According to the Stay Safe Online website, "Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility. That means everyone has the potential to make a difference and educate others. You can raise awareness within your community, no matter what your role is."

Find resources at for:

  • Protecting devices that connect to the Internet
  • Email
  • Online shopping
  • Social Networking
  • Mobile Devices
  • Downloadiing and File-sharing

There are resources for protecting our children / grandchildren:

  • Basic Internet Safety for Kids
  • Online Gaming
  • Cyberbullying and Harassment
  • Social Networking
  • Mobile Devices

Learn more about spyware, identity theft and Internet fraud, spam and phishing, as well as cyberbullying, harassment, and hacking:

  • Double-check to make sure your security program is doing its job.
  • Take a self assessment quiz.
  • Watch videos brought to you by StaySafeOnline and the National Cyber Security Alliance.
  • Resources for teachers and businesses.

PACS caps, shirts, mugs, and other items are available for sale thru Cafe Press.