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

Sent:                               Sunday, December 18, 2016 9:57 PM


Subject:                          Cocktail Talk - Hackie Christmas



Cocktail Talk

December 2016

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 - Hackie Christmas


Merry Christmas. 


It's a safe bet lots of people are writing about the tricks and traps to look out for in your email this December. After all, you're shopping online for Christmas presents, you're traffic is way up, you recognize logos, you expect deliveries, and time is running out. You're ripe for the picking.


Yes, email can be a risky place but you've heard for years what to look out for. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it. You are not going to be the victim of email fraud.


Email scams are so lame. Ooh I have an undelivered package from the  USPS! Let me just click this link and give them my credit card.


Not you. You hover over the links and see where they're sending you. No big deal.


But while you're watching email the bad guys are flanking you. They know you're busy with the additional Christmas traffic, they know you're busy defending against email attack, they may even attack you through email as a diversion.


Let's take a look at Facebook. Clearly it's bad practice to post selfies from the Cubs game when you've called in sick. But what about the things Facebook offers you? They have to be safe, ti's Facebook. No.


Everything on the right side is bait. At the very least it will entice you with something and lead you to something else, loaded with other something else's. My two favorites.


1) Who's Looking at Your Profile? 


Really? Please. All your going to get is a virus, which is probably why you left that person you are now hoping is looking for you.


2) Outrageous! Whatever politician you hate has a child that does or gets whatever pisses you off. 


You got a virus from that one person you liked who you hope is looking at your profile, and now you want a virus from that one politician you hate? Don't do it.


What about Craig's List?


If you forget about the sex hookup ads. It's basically a bulletin board. People want to sell, or buy, stuff. Consider these two.


1) Someone advertises an object you want, you agree to go, you never come home.


2) Someone wants an object you advertised, they agree to come, and never go home.


Lastly, the internet.


It's Christmas, you're feeling good about yourself and yet a little guilty about all that you have. Then, a miracle, it's a pop-up to save ferrel Bahama Pot Cake puppies. Yes! Here's $5,000, send me 5.


Last year I followed a link, a Canada Goose Explorer coat, just like Snoopy Dog Dog wears, for only $200 dollars. I googled the Canada Goose website, they were $1,299, what a bargain. They had my size and I ordered. It came and I love it.


I wasn't trusting, and you shouldn't be either. If it sounds too be true, it probably is.



You knew they're after you, but now they know you know it, have a Merry Christmas, or not, and that's Cocktail Talk.



Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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