September 10, 2021

Warning: Microsoft Zero-Day Vulnerability

If you still have Internet Explorer on your PC (it was replaced some time ago by Microsoft Edge), Microsoft has advised that there is a zero-day vulnerability that can open you up to an online attack. If Microsoft's browser is your preferred browser, immediately upgrade to Microsoft Edge. In any event, stop using the outdated and vulnerable Internet Explorer. If you have already switched to another browser, such as Google Chrome or Firefox, you should still update to the latest version of Microsoft Edge and make sure you no longer have an old version of Internet Explorer on your PC. 

In addition, never open a Microsoft Office file (e.g., .docx) from an unknown or untrusted site.

Make sure that Microsoft Defender Antivirus and/or Microsoft Defender for Endpoint and any other antivirus and antimalware products you have on your pc are up to date, and regularly scan your PC for vulnerabilities.


Richard L. Kuper

The Kuper Report

July 27, 2021

Amazon Devices Get Male Voice Choice And New Wake Word Choice

Amazon has added a new voice and a new wake word to choose from. Let me take you through the simplest process to change these.

Previously, unless you opted to purchase a celebrity voice that works with some features, you only had a female voice as an option. (Google devices have had both male and female voices to choose from for years. Amazon has finally caught up.) You can try to find the option in the Alexa app or on the Alexa website, but I prefer to tell you how to do it the easy way. 

Using whatever your current wake word is (e.g., "Alexa" by default), say: "(Alexa), change your voice." That's it. In a few moments your device will have a male voice. Want to change it back to a female voice? Follow the same instructions.

Amazon has added the wake word "Ziggy" to the list of available wake words. The others, in case you were unaware, are: "Alexa", "Echo", "Computer", and "Amazon". (Sadly Google still only has "Hey Google" or "OK Google" to choose from.) To change the wake word, you could use the app or log into the Alexa website, but there is a much easier way.

Wake your device with your current wake word (e.g., "Alexa") and say: "(Alexa), change wake word to Ziggy" to change it to Ziggy, or tell it to change to whichever of the wake word choices you prefer. Now that is your new wake word. Whenever you want to change it, follow the same instructions, remembering, of course, to start with whatever the current wake word is and telling it to change to whatever you want the new wake word to be.



Richard L. Kuper

The Kuper Report