Nov. 9, 2017 – Stream the Content and Cut the Cord

Upcoming programs:

November – Content streaming and Cord Cutting
December – Holiday Party

If you are able to present a program or have a topic you’d like to learn more about, please contact any Board member or come to the Board meeting.  (watch for Board meeting announcements at the general meeting or a special newsletter)

A Message from the Common Table

November 4, 2017

We are very soon going to have our 2017 Holiday get together. We will be going to the CrownPoint Family Restaurant at 2518 Sardis Road North, Charlotte, NC 28227. Check out Yelp and see the great reviews for this restaurant. This place was recently voted the 3rd Best Restaurant for Comfort Food in Charlotte. All our members can bring guests, bring your spouse, best friends. You can bring the kids and grandkids if you like. Everyone is on their own for the expense of the meal and yes, they have wine and beer. We will have a private space for us to use. Thank you, Cliff Culpepper, for arranging this space for us. The date for the party is the same date as our regular meeting, Thursday, December 14th. We will start at the same time as the regular meeting, 6:30 PM. As usual, there will be no formal presentation. Our get together is for socializing and fellowship and yes, you can talk about technology if you wish (but not around the spouses).

The November meeting is going to be good. We will discuss “Does Anyone Still Need a Wired Connection TV Provider (BIG COST)?” Here, locally, that means Spectrum Cable or ATT U-verse, a few lucky folk can get Google Fiber. Bill, Bill and I will share what we know about what services you can get and at what price points, some are “free”. I hope all of you will share your experiences with this topic also. We all want to get the TV entertainment we like at the best quality, convenience and the best price. We will welcome you sharing your tips on using technology to save money on technology.

I hope to see all of you at the meeting.

Galen Bolin
President, PCCC

We meet the second Thursday of the month at the Better Business Bureau in Matthews (directions below). Please bring your bag supper and join us to chew the fat about 5:45 or come for just the program promptly at 6:30. Join us also for the Board meeting, which is generally the Tuesday after the General meeting and announced at the General meeting and in a special newsletter.


Scam “Confirm Your Account”
Emails Look Just Like They’re From

When it comes to ecommerce, is one of the most trusted and established brands. That’s why scammers love to impersonate it.
BBB is seeing a new email con that appears to be Amazon asking you to “confirm” your personal information.

How the Scam Works

You open your email and see a message from “” with a subject line that reads: “We could not confirm the address associated with your Amazon account.” The email looks legitimate. It has the official Amazon logo at the top and uses the brand colors.

The email is a short message explaining that Amazon could not confirm your address or other personal information associated with your account. Before you can access your Amazon account again, you will need to verify all your information. To get started, just click on the link in the message.

Don’t do it!  The message is fake and an attempt to gain access to your personal information. The link does not lead to, but rather to a third-party website that could be carrying malware.

How to Avoid Email Phishing Scams:

Don’t click on links in unsolicited emails.  Links can download malware onto your computer and even lead to identity theft. Beware of unsolicited emails in general. Even if they look official, they could be fake.
Never share your personal information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited. Personal information can include your date of birth, credit card or banking information, address or your Social Security number.

For more information on Amazon and their genuine emails from phishing emails:

Go to for information from Amazon about how to tell if an email is really from them.

And more from your resident noodge:

Assume unusual or  unexpected emails, even if apparently from a regular correspondent, with skepticism as to their legitimacy. More tips to evaluate an email are available at my blog (below).

Also, be suspicious of links whose provenance you are uncertain of. The best policy is to inspect the actual destination of the link by hovering over it and reading the complete destination. Many links (including those in Bytes & Bits) are redirectors and often show up as a short or custom link like “” or ““. These are likely benign, but you have no way to determine their true destination. That’s one reason I try to also include the complete destination in a footnote. Once you’ve determined the true URL, type it in the browser yourself rather than allowing a program to link. (Yes, these tips are inconvenient, especially if the link is long and complex. Just be careful what you click.)

You can also reduce the threat of phishing if you reserve an email account exclusively for registrations. Then if a correspondent’s address book is hacked and you get an email from “Amazon” that wasn’t addressed to your special account, you know it’s bogus.

If you have a Gmail account, you can create on-the-fly “subaccounts” for each online site you have to verify by putting a “+” and any word after your account name and before the “@”. Thus, “yourname+Amazon16@gmail” would be delivered your regular account but can be filtered or verified by inspecting the To: details. Since only Amazon knows to use this alias, a phisher would not have sent a “notification” to the address.
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