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Stay Warm & Stay Secure!

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Don't let these guys take over!

Hello Everyone!

Well, Fall is finally here and though the Sunny days are overwhelming gorgeous and the leaves will turn beautiful colors, sadly the rain and cold takes over!!  😦
What that really means though is that people start spending more time inside to avoid the elements outside! That usually equates to people also spending more time on their computers.

Now is the time to update, review and tighten security on your PC as well as your Network!

Just in time for the changing of the seasons, we have recently completed‘s Services web page with the recent completion of our Networking Services page:

PNW Computers’ Networking Services

*If you click the link above, it should be able to take you directly to the web page. However if this does not work, copy and paste the following URL:

Stop bye and take a look at the new web page and let me know if you have any questions or comments and please, feel free to browse the rest of the website!
Check out our other Blog and also our site’s “Links” page! There is lots of great information to be found all over the site!

Thanks so much everyone, stay warm and stay secure!


Jon-Eric Pienkowski
Pacific NorthWest Computers


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September 29, 2009 at 5:28 am

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PNWC’s Favorite FireFox Plugin’s

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Here at Pacific NorthWest Computers’ we love Firefox.
Not just because it’s smart, cute and bubbly (in fact until 3.5.1 we were shying away; Chrome) Anyway, what we LOVE about Firefox is all of the add-ons there are for it! Media players, download status tool bars, shake-a-baby… Uhh… how did that get in there!?
Back to the main topic!
What we wanted to do is share our favorite, most recommended & most used Firefox Plug-in’s! So please, I hope they are all seriously considered by many and all readers! Enjoy!

  1. BetterPrivacy; Ever wondered why you are still tracked though you tried everything to prevent it? BetterPrivacy is a Super Cookie Safeguard which protects from usually not deletable LSO’s. It blocks longterm tracking on Google, YouTube Ebay and many others…

  2. Colorful Tabs; The most beautiful yet the simplest add-on that makes a strong colorful appeal. Colors every tab in a different color and makes them easy to distinguish while beautifying the overall appearance of the interface.
  3. Cooliris; Simply the fastest and most stunning way to browse photos and videos from the Web or your desktop. Effortlessly scroll an infinite “3D Wall” of your content from Facebook, Google Images, YouTube, Flickr…
  4. Firebug; Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page…
  5. FireFTP; A free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.
  6. Flagfox; Displays a country flag depicting the location of the current website’s server and provides quick access to detailed location and webserver information.
  7. Lazarus: Form Recovery; Never lose anything you type into a web form again! Lazarus securely auto-saves all forms as you type, so after a crash, server timeout, or whatever, you can go back to the form, right click, “recover form”, and breath a sigh of relief.
  8. Long URL Please; Replaces short urls with the originals so you can see where links actually link to.

  9. NoScript; The best security you can get in a web browser! Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
  10. Read it Later; Read It Later allows you to save pages of interest to read later. It eliminates cluttering of bookmarks with sites that are merely of a one-time interest.
  11. WOT; Web of Trust, warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware or send spam. Protect your computer against online threats by using WOT as your front-line layer of protection when browsing or searching in unfamiliar territory.

  12. Xmarks; Install Xmarks on all your computers to keep your bookmarks and (optionally) passwords backed up and synchronized; never loose a bookmark again!
  13. SortPlaces; Allows you to sort your bookmarks in various ways; no more scattered Firefox bookmarks! The Bookmarks Organiser within Firefox does have some sort options, but these are not permanent.
  14. Omnibar; I love how with Google Chrome, the location/address bar is also the search bar. So what Omnibar does is it integrates the location bar and search bar into one! It will show search and url suggestions and can quickly switch search engine using search keywords!

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September 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Posted in Security, Web

Twitter, Twitter, Twitter…

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Twitter’s Trail of Tears


We have been following and reporting about the lack of security importance over at as well as try to inform the populace of their lack of concern. Though it’s member and use numbers climb every day, so do the number & severity of exploitations against them!

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September 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm

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Securing Your Web Browser

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Securing Your Web Browser

By the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team or US-CERT

Browser security and browser vulnerabilities are big risks to users and are topics that I soap box about all the time to customers about just because it’s the most attacked vector of the user’s computer (other than email).

PNW Computers found a fantastic article explaining the importance of securing and using a safe web browser as well as goes over many details of why your browser needs to be secure and how it is exploited!

The article was written by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team and is the best and most thorough explanation I have ever come across! This is an excellent, definite MUST read article!

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September 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Posted in Security