From: Craig Phillips <> on behalf of Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2015 7:25 PM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Christmas Gift Idea



Cocktail Talk

December 2015

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Christmas Gift Idea


Christmas is right around the corner and if you are struggling to find that perfect gift, I can help. But first a Public Service Reminder.


With so many of us in full shopping mode you know what's coming. Yes you do. Spoofing and Phishing.


Bogus emails claiming to be from UPS, FedEx, USPS, banks, stores, and  credit card companies, all trying to get us to give up our account information so they can rob us. Nothing new.


But I got one the other day that was new. It was from PayPal thanking me for my "generous donation". It looked real enough. So real I logged in to PayPal to see if I actually had given money to some cause by clicking some box at checkout. 


The interesting part came when PayPal took me to school on Best Practices. It's a really good checklist, and I'd like to share it with you.


Paypal Will Always:
- Address our customers by their first and last name or business name of their       PayPal account 


Paypal Will Never:
- Send an email to: "Undisclosed Recipients" or more than one email address
- Ask you to download a form or file to resolve an issue
- Ask in an email to verify an account using Personal Information such as Name,    Date of Birth, Driver's License, or Address
- Ask in an email to verify an account using Bank Account Information such as        Bank Name, Routing Number, or Bank Account PIN Number
- Ask in an email to verify an account using Credit Card Information such as            Credit Card Number or Type, Expiration Date, ATM PIN Number, or
   CVV2 Security Code
- Ask for your full credit card number without displaying the type of card and the l    ast two digits
- Ask you for your full bank account number without displaying your bank name,      type of account (Checking/Savings) and the last two digits
- Ask you for your security question answers without displaying each security         question you created
- Ask you to ship an item, pay a shipping fee, send a Western Union Money           Transfer, or provide a tracking number.


I'm giving PayPal full credit here, and rightfully so, but your financial institutions should be following similar Best Practices. With that out of the way let's talk about Cocktail Talk's Christmas GIft Idea.


It's the Apple Watch. I admit to being lukewarm toward the Apple Watch for some time. There's always that one thing that sells you, this is what tipped it in for me, and I think it's really creepy. The camera.


No it doesn't have a camera, it uses your iPhone's camera. I suppose they added this feature so you could take better selfies with all your BFFs. But what if you don't want to be in the picture? 


Today I left my iPhone on the table at brunch and went to the buffet. From the carving station I was able to power on my iPhone, open the camera, and watch everything going on in real time just using the Apple Watch. You can take pictures too, without flash or sound. I don't know exactly what to call those pictures, but they wouldn't be selfies.


The Apple Watch comes in a price comparable to whatever watch you'd normally give to your significant other. Not that you would give them one after what I've just told you. Maybe you should ask for one and just give jewelry like last year.




Watches that watch, selfless selfies, more jewelry, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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