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* Amazon Central / Re: Alexa app wont load
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on June 18, 2017, 08:47:06 PM »
I'm too much of an internet addict *sigh*

Yep.

Oh. My. Gosh.
No streaming movies!
<wink>
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But how much in-store price checking is done on the store's Wi-Fi?
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The most secure protocol for sharing information on the web today is Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2. PayPal enabled support for TLS 1.2 for all secure connections and last year began requiring its use. If you haven't already done so, you will need to verify that your environment supports TLS 1.2 and if necessary make appropriate updates. PayPal is updating its services to require TLS v1.2 for all HTTPS connections by June 30th of this year (2017). After that time, all TLS v1.0 and TLS v1.1 API connections will be refused.

These updates are part of an industry-wide initiative to improve security standards. Some of these updates, like the TLS upgrade, are mandated by the PCI Security Council and are required by every website that transmits or processes cardholder data.

Merchants and developers may have to update their applications and integrations in order to be in compliance and ensure that their applications continue to function as expected.

Src: https://devblog.paypal.com/upcoming-security-changes-notice/

For more information please visit:
https://www.paypal-knowledge.com/infocenter/index?page=content&widgetview=true&id=FAQ1914&viewlocale=en_US

The deadline for all merchants to stop using SSL and TLS 1.0, and be fully switched to TLS1.1 (or higher), and still be PCI compliant, is June of 2018 (the original deadline was June of 2016) https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/pdfs/15_12_18_SSL_Webinar_Press_Release_FINAL_(002).pdf

In addition, the PCI Council has stated that web browsers will begin prohibiting SSL connections in the near future.

The other part of this is that there are tons of people out there still using older browsers, many of which can't even use TLS1.1, much less TLS1.2.  For example, IE versions prior to v11 either can't natively use  TLS1.1, or don't have it enabled.  All of the people still using XP and Vista?  Even if they update to IE9, they don't have TLS1.1 capability, much less TLS1.2.  IE in Windows 7 & 8 has access to both, but they're disabled by default unless the user updates to IEv11.   A complete chart of browsers and what versions of TLS they have can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security#Web_browsers

To enable TLS1.1 & 1.2 on your browsers, the U.S. State Dept. has easy to follow directions.  The directions are actually for enabling TLS1.0, but it gets you to the right spot for enabling 1.1 and 1.2.   https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/aa/pdfs/directions_for_enabling_tls.pdf

You can also check your browser's TLS capabilities by viewing the page at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html

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* Amazon Central / Re: Alexa app wont load
« Last post by WayOutWest on June 16, 2017, 10:06:19 PM »
I'm too much of an internet addict *sigh*

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* Amazon Central / Amazon Granted Patent to Stop In-Store Price Checking
« Last post by WayOutWest on June 16, 2017, 10:04:26 PM »
Amazon granted a patent that prevents in-store shoppers from online price checking
Amazon’s long been a go-to for people to online price compare while shopping at brick-and-mortars. Now, a new patent granted to the company could prevent people from doing just that inside Amazon’s own stores.

The patent, titled “Physical Store Online Shopping Control,” details a mechanism where a retailer can intercept network requests like URLs and search terms that happen on its in-store Wi-Fi, then act upon them in various ways.

The document details in great length how a retailer like Amazon would use this information to its benefit. If, for example, the retailer sees you’re trying to access a competitor’s website to price check an item, it could compare the requested content to what’s offered in-store and then send price comparison information or a coupon to your browser instead. Or it could suggest a complementary item, or even block content outright.
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(continue reading at https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/15/15812986/amazon-patent-online-price-checking )


Seems to me that it's not so much about preventing people from price comparing inside an Amazon owned shop (though it does have that aspect to it, which is a huge benefit for Amazon), but more so about preventing other businesses from implementing the same sort of tech in their own shops.
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* Amazon Central / Re: Alexa app wont load
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on June 16, 2017, 09:26:15 PM »
Which is why, when I do retire, I'm going to live in the middle of a national forest somewhere with no phone, no electricity, no internet and live off the grid. Just call me Uncle Leroy, the Mountain Man!

You sound like my second son.
I do wonder if he could do it...seriously, the kid loves his Playstation, XBox, electronics and more.
Nor do they having working kitchens out there...he's a classically trained chef.
T'would love to see it though.

Me on the other hand?
Nope.
<smile>
Too foo-foo and prissy.

I do like vacationing in decked out homes/cabins in the mountains with the ammenties such as...
Beds with 800 thread count minimum, heating and air conditioning, fluffy towels and no bugs or critters.
<smile>

It is peaceful and nothing like rocking on the front porch watching the sun rise as I'm drinking my morning cup o' joe.
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Good thoughts, strength and peace are always accepted.
Prayers, too!
<hugs>
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* Amazon Central / Re: Amazon Buys Whole Foods
« Last post by Southern Jewel's Fab Finds on June 16, 2017, 09:19:31 PM »
I saw this earlier today on Twitter:
Bezos: Alexa  buy me some Whole Foods
Alexa: Bought Whole Foods
Bezos: Whaaaaa...ok.

<smile>

The Best Tweets About Whole Foods’ Mega Merger With Amazon
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Thank you for not being too pushy. You're right, I do see it from another perspective. Again, no ill-will was meant and I'm glad your daughter will benefit from this. Prayers and thoughts go out to her (and you).
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* Amazon Central / Re: Alexa app wont load
« Last post by uncleleroy on June 16, 2017, 11:07:14 AM »
It supposedly doesn't actually record until it hears the trigger word (alexa, unless you set it up to respond to amazon, computer, or echo), and then records what's said immediately after.

From what I've observed, that is the case.  I haven't seen any network activity from it until the wake word has been said. 

However, it can be used to eavesdrop by someone with the correct tools (by NSA, hackers, etc).  But, so can your phone, your tablet, your laptop, your tv, and many other devices around you.  Not to mention the old fashioned ways of eavesdropping. Cell phones are probably the worst, since they can provide so much --  phone convos, messaging transcripts, email logs, recordings of everything said in vicinity of phone, logs of everywhere you went, logs of everything you looked at online, etc.

Anyway, I figure there's lots more interesting folks out there than me for them to listen in on ;)

Which is why, when I do retire, I'm going to live in the middle of a national forest somewhere with no phone, no electricity, no internet and live off the grid. Just call me Uncle Leroy, the Mountain Man!
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