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Archive for June 2nd, 2017

Alexa, Remind Me To Finish This Blog Post In 10 Minutes

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Amazon Echo owners, Alexa is getting some new skills to help you stay on top of your GTD.

Specifically, Amazon announced Alexa will now be able to recognize commands to set reminders and named timers, reports our friends at Mashable.

To set a reminder, simply explain to Alexa what you need to do and when.

For example, I just said, “Alexa, remind me to finish this blog post in 10 minutes.” Alexa then had to ask me in how long, so much for telling Alexa the reminder in one fell swoop.

I’ll likely be finished with this blog post in less than 10 minutes, so I won’t be able to tell you if it worked or not.

But I did want you Echo/Tap/etc. owners to know this new “skill” was available. Now in the U.S., and rolling out to Germany and the UK in the next several weeks.

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June 2, 2017 at 9:39 am

One Login, One Hack

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Here’s a wake-up call for your Friday morning: Password manager OneLogin has been compromised.

ZDNet’s reporting that hackers now have the ability to decryp encrypted data and that all users served by US data centers are affected.

In a later update, OneLogin posted this:

“Our review has shown that a threat actor obtained access to a set of [Amazon Web Services, or AWS] keys and used them to access the AWS API from an intermediate host with another, smaller service provider in the US.”
– via ZDNet

ZDNet goes on to indicate that OneLogin “has advised customers to change their passwords, generate new API keys for their services, and create new OAuth tokens — use for logging into accounts — as well as to create new security certificates.”

If you’d like to follow recent cyberattacks by month, visit the IBM X-Force tracker here.

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June 2, 2017 at 9:23 am

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