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  • By Sherry-Ann Hall
    Announcing Twilio's ISO/IEC 27017 and ISO/IEC 27018 Attestation mgx3lBk37VhXCjz0zU3I5iooYz_4UsdoPBJlaPlavGj6QNOnOyRprzeDL8ruoU9Y2rte8-BRSKIi0J-hY6wETxhMDg22edY1jT8iq4mk03gkGK0G6Ko9p7X62PGLCBAuLJ4E7RGS

    Today we at Twilio are pleased to announce our attestation to the ISO/IEC 27017 and ISO/IEC 27018 standards.

    We’d like to take this opportunity to provide a little information about what that means and why we’re taking these steps now.

    About ISO/IEC 27017 and ISO/IEC 27018 Attestation

    ISO/IEC 27017 and ISO/IEC 27018 are internationally recognized codes of practice that provide guidance on controls to address cloud-specific information security threats and risks. They also establish codes of practice to protect personally identifiable information (PII).

    • ISO/IEC 27017 provides guidelines for information security controls that apply to the provision and use of cloud services
    • ISO/IEC 27018 establishes a code of practice for protecting PII in public clouds

    As our security posture continues maturing, we want to assure you and all of our customers our practices are aligned with industry-recognized best practices. Through ISO ...

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  • By Dominik Kundel
    Creating a virtual photo booth using Twilio, WhatsApp & Cloudinary ueiPKYUnYGNhEDFMWyk3KgruLhuc2iu1GEA5JD3lUxeZL84E1GmuH5w4UOejAXzZdj7NK7_owncknk3e9-IPSlaGEvt19TclzBKxFkx2eU-el2cwJrNfPqXCldzqrW08DCEreTNV

    If you've ever been to Berlin, chances are high that you've seen multiple photo booths in bars and on the street. Berlin and photo booths just belong together. This year for JSConf EU we wanted to build our own virtual photo booth, powered by Twilio for WhatsApp. In this post, we'll look at how we built the digital part of the photo booth using Twilio and Cloudinary.

    Let's build a purely digital version of this photo booth where when a person sends in an image, we'll perform some manipulations on that picture and send it back.

    Prerequisites

    Before we get started, make sure you have the following:

    Setting up Your WhatsApp Number

    When a person sends a picture to our WhatsApp number (or Sandbox for that matter ...

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  • By Alex Baban
    Engineering for Peace of Mind with Twilio SMS and the AWS IoT Button ZZCMxWWjLt9FSj1SRMS8EOcZP3L5fg4ImlLt0gVBT2yM3w_DCHlhE6txIwVVzLYvy89rJEZ6G-544NdetnIXR-Y4qchnKaCRUqG_Xx8dODQ7SUImHMYgumaLpn8fwVKz-Oh7CJSB

    My octogenarian dad still lives independently.

    He does not enjoy his son calling him every night and interrupting his movie-watching. Some nights he's not even at home yet because he's chilling at the pub across the street. He also forgets to charge his cell phone on a regular basis.

    These are all the things running through my mind when I want to check in with him and know everything is fine.

    What are we going to build

    As a software developer, I want my dad to have a button handy where he can "SINGLE click" to tell me "I'm fine, good night" with a text message. After a  "DOUBLE click" I want to receive a text message like "Call me when you have time." When dad gives the button a "LONG click" I want to receive a text message and a voice call with "I need your help now ...

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  • By Josh Staples
    Elevated Authentication with Authy Elevated Authentication with Authy

    Intro

    Account security is difficult. Make the requirements too onerous, and no one will adopt your solution; make it too simple, and fraudsters will surely be able to circumvent any protection you provide. In this post, we’ll discuss how to use the Authy product to provide solutions for both regular and high-value users using features present in the Authy product suite. Before we outline that approach, it is best to understand how the current Authy user model and multi-device feature both work.

    Authy User Model

    There is a one to one correlation between a user’s phone number and their Authy ID. The user’s Authy ID is created or provided when you register the user with your service’s workflow. This Authy ID is core to how the Authy API interacts with end-users. 

    If you’re initiating two-factor authentication (2FA) via any of Authy’s authentication channels, the ...

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  • By Marcus Battle
    Top 7 PHP Tutorials with Twilio for July 2019 Top 7 PHP Tutorials with Twilio for July 2019.png

    From building chatbots to RESTful APIs from scratch, this month’s roundup includes several engaging tutorials. We’ve compiled our top seven PHP tutorials to help you build the future of communications this summer while you’re coding in the air conditioner or at your favorite resort.

    Can you keep a secret?

    Game of Thrones has ended and Avengers has already cycled through the box office, but with the fall season premieres quickly approaching, a new opportunity to spoil your friends' favorite shows is just around the corner. In this intriguing tutorial by Dotun Jolaso, you will learn how to build a spoiler app in PHP with Twilio SMS and Laravel. Your Laravel app will employ bulk SMS messaging via Twilio Copilot to tease subscribers with spoilers after the show airs.

    Everyone needs a little REST

    APIs are not only the backbone of Twilio, but they are also arguably the ...

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  • By Matthew Gilliard
    How Twilio’s Programmable Voice Saved My Vacation How Twilio's Programmable Voice Saved My Vacation

    After booking some train journeys with Deutsche Bahn (the German rail network) for my summer vacation this year, I found I needed to call their reservations desk to change something important about my tickets. Unfortunately the number they provide is a specially-priced Premium Rate number in Germany, and international calls to these are blocked from my phone. Twilio’s Programmable Voice products are perfect for solving this kind of problem. Read on to find out how I did it and how you could do the same.

    Step 1: Getting A Local Number

    The first thing to do is to get a number which you can call. Twilio’s phone numbers console allows us to buy phone numbers in over a hundred countries so once you have signed up for an account click the “+” button to buy a new number that’s local to you:

    Step 2: Forwarding Incoming Calls

    After ...

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  • By Tilde Thurium
    Detect Robocalls with Twilio Lookup, Node.js and the Nomorobo Spam Score Add-on Detect Robocalls with Twilio Lookup, Node.js and the Nomorobo Spam Score Add-on

    Robocalls: nobody likes them, except maybe the robots. Twilio is working hard to eliminate robocalls. For the moment we need additional ways of fighting back. Let’s build a tool with Node.js, Nomorobo, and Twilio Lookup to detect robocalls. It’s easier than a Voight-Kampff test, I promise.

    Getting Started

    What you’ll need:

    Nomorobo is a company that maintains a huge database of known spammers and bots, as well as providing a service for filtering out unwanted calls. To take advantage of these features, install the Nomorobo add-on from the Twilio Console. 

    Click the install button and agree to the terms of service.  Keep the unique name as nomorobo_spamscore. Under USE IN, check the Lookups box and click Save.

    Making The Initial Lookup

    Install the Twilio Node helper library ...

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  • By Nathaniel Okenwa
    Create a Smart Voicemail with Twilio, JavaScript and Google Calendar 6RDc-eMExBn8vtkgQRwJxsbID95IbJXkGqac1ZoC8vMmh40ejzYE0H0RD1yoyU64-7sQHZwNABCgxkmymMgmiXigQvcqs5B4nelE6RkAneOPJ-DfU30ClMG24vUDqrHnZZH3jKQ1

    We’ve all been there, in an important meeting, you’ve forgotten to mute your phone and all eyes turn to you as you frantically search through your pockets to silence it. That feeling of embarrassment is only matched by the frustration of listening to your voicemail. I dread hearing the robotic voice telling me what numbers to press only to be presented with the sound of somebody hanging up the call.

    To take the hassle out of handling missed calls, today we are going to look at how to create a virtual office manager that is aware of your busy schedule, to handle calls and voice messages for you.

    What We Need

    • A Twilio Account (Get one here for Free)
    • A Twilio Phone Number
    • A Google Calendar
    • Google Calendar API Key

    Before We Begin

    To start off, we need to create a Google Project and enable the Google Calendar ...

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  • By Sam Agnew
    Parsing an Incoming Twilio SMS Webhook with Node.js Copy of Product Template - SMS-4.png

    When responding to an incoming SMS message, you have access to a variety of information about the message through the body of the webhook request that Twilio sends you.

    Here is all the code you need to grab data from an incoming SMS webhook request from the Twilio API and respond with another text message:

    const http = require('http');
    const express = require('express');
    const { urlencoded } = require('body-parser');
    const MessagingResponse = require('twilio').twiml.MessagingResponse;
    
    const app = express();
    app.use(urlencoded({ extended: false }));
    
    app.post('/sms', (req, res) => {
      const twiml = new MessagingResponse();
    
      // Access the message body and the number it was sent from.
      console.log(`Incoming message from ${req.body.From}: ${req.body.Body}`);
    
      twiml.message('The Robots are coming! Head for the hills!');
    
      res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/xml'});
      res.end(twiml.toString());
    });
    
    http.createServer(app).listen(3000, () => {
      console.log('Express server listening on port 3000');
    });
    

    Simply responding to ...

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  • By Gary Hockin
    Responding to SMS in PHP using AWS Lambda and Bref lirlC01lUZ-27G-NyFFBrv34hXhjGT9x8FzpwBi8g0eSizEMwtdkfOICi6wok5aYS6eR3Crdg3zO7cJ3hq-iF9Da4etsyTNy48qK_qffrAsklPtWGe3WRpb3u3CiPP9C8WzWTomD

    Every new starter at Twilio has to build an application using one of our products, then demo it to receive their fabled Track Jacket. For my application, because WiFi is always a pain at conferences, I wrote a PHP script that sends you the next talks for a given event.

    Writing this so it worked locally was relatively straightforward with PHP’s inbuilt web server and ngrok, but when I got up to demo this in front of my peers, I didn’t want to be relying on my laptop to be open, awake and responding to the proxied HTTP requests. This code needs to be sitting somewhere on the internet so that it can respond to messages any time of the day or night, and not just when my laptop was open and connected to the wifi.

    Serverless functions are great for this; they allow you to run code ...

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