Secure and monitor your S3 buckets!

Security of S3 buckets is not a new topic but recently there have been a number of high profile data breaches resulting from improperly secured or maintained buckets.   For example the recent WWE breach where three million wrestling fans data was left in a publicly accessible bucket, you can read more about that here.  AWS works on a shared responsibility model and while they provide all the tools to securely store objects and monitor them its up to customers to use these features, manage their internal processes and track changes.

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An Introduction to AWS Polly, S3 and PHP.

AWS Polly is a service from Amazon that turns text into speech.  Its very simple to use and produces high quality audio files very quickly.  Building voice enabled applications is now really easy and simple.  Its great for all types of applications such as games, chatbots and learning. At we use it for converting comments and other text into audio files for children to listen to.  This type of accessibility feature can really help young children, especially those with learning or other challenges in their life.

Lets take a quick look into how you can integrate AWS Polly into a website.  We will store the mp3 file in S3 and retrieve it for playback on a website.

We will then take this a step further and integrate it into an html webpage that submits the text to polly via JQuery Ajax and plays the result.

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