“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”– John F Kennedy

First: A Public Service Announcement:

I joined the Soroptimist last month. This is a women’s organization with a mission to improve the lives of women and girls. The Soroptimists sponsor events like The Safe Project-Dignity Bags, Community Baby Shower and Backpack for Kids. Now thru November 9, we are having a fund raiser. One dozen beautifully boxed florist carnations can be hand delivered (inside Coos Bay-North Bend city limits only) to someone special for $20. You can add 1/2 pound of Fire House Fudge for an additional $10. The delivery will happen on Friday, November 16. If you would like to bless someone with flowers and/or candy, and also bless the underprivileged in our community, give me a call or drop me an email.   I will complete the appropriate paperwork to make it happen on your behalf. And “Thank You” in advance for sharing with the less fortunate in our area.

Second: Halloween is over.

The Holiday Season has officially started. Your inbox is going to be inundated with ads, and scammers are going to be working overtime, so lets review proper email habits.

Colleague, Jack, over at vpngeeks.com brought this to my attention: 30% of phishing emails in the U.S. are opened and 12% are actually clicking on the attachments. They look like they are coming from your bank, Apple, PayPal, etc. and they are asking for sensitive information. Many times they will have Microsoft Word or Excel Attachments.   DO NOT, DO NOT open these emails. Why? The attachment will contain scripts which will use any variety of methods to obtain their goal. Any personal information they obtain will be sold for $0.20-$15. (They get so little while the victim gets exponentially more in grief.)   If ransomware is the end result, you can expect to pay an average of $1077. Also, a high price to pay to reclaim your data! I might suggest that if you have $1077 in disposable income to spend, you should bring it to me and buy a really nice computer. “Thank You” in advance for spending local and keeping us in business.

That’s the skinny for this month. The staff at Comp-U-Talk wishes you a Blessed Thanksgiving.

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