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Protecting Your Church Online

Protecting Your Church Online

Using Zoom, YouTube and Facebook

Early adopters and tech savvy pastors I know have allowed or started to use tech like Zoom, Youtube and Facebook Live,  to reach their congregations recently.  I applaud that.  Some are fighting it with the tenacity of a Luddite.  Our elders are also having a tougher time deciding if they will finally join that Space Book or not.  
For those in the ministry, we don’t have a choice if we are true to our Call.  We are to serve,  to preach, reach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are charged to “feed My sheep.”  The method is not in the Book.  
The internet is a beautiful thing. It is bigger than America Online.  With the entire web, it’s possible to access almost any information, communicate with anyone else in the world, and do exactly what we are called to do globally.  It is also full of darkness, dangers and predators. 

Online Security

People use the same platforms to steal personal information, sell and send us things contrary to God.  Using tricks that prey on our psychology they can socially engineer our responses through “phishing, 
Phishing is when the anonymous attacker attempts to trick you into giving them your credentials or access to your system. Phishers attempt to play on your emotions, often including disturbing or enticing information in their emails in an attempt to provoke you to act. They may try to create a false sense of urgency by saying “your account will be deleted” or that “you are over your email storage space.” They often urge you to act immediately to “update” or “verify” your account information. 
Often, the goal of a phishing attack is to get you to provide your login credentials or other sensitive information like your social security number or financial institution information. This information could then be used to gain access to your private accounts or to steal your identity. You should be suspicious of any email that asks you to provide personal information or that directs you to a webpage that ask for this information.
Another goal of phishing is to trick you into downloading malicious code onto your computer. This can occur when you click a link or open an attachment. The malicious code can then do any number of very bad things to you, your computer and your contacts. 

Zoom 

Zoom has sharply risen in popularity since the spread of coronavirus ended group gatherings forced many to work from home.
I am hoping to issue a warning to the Church that there are predators in this space too.  Taylor Lorenz of the the New York Times  wrote and article about “zoom raiders” that have begun infiltrating meetings with malicious intent. The New York Times this month reported multiple instances of online abuse, ranging from unwanted pornographic images to instances of verbal harassment.
As Zoom’s user base has grown in recent weeks, reports of “Zoombombing,” or “Zoom raiding,” have spread across the internet.
Public school classes, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, yoga sessions and other virtual gatherings have been derailed by participants. Some of the these Zoombombers have been students, frustrated by online schooling and eager to escape the virtual classroom by any means. Others have weaponized the platform’s security flaws to harass specific populations using racial slurs, sexist remarks and pornography.
It’s nearly impossible to prevent these attacks, especially when an event is public by design but I can help the administrators secure it with some tips if you contact me.  I will be posting a list of recommendations later. 
Rev. Kenn Blanchard 
Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Pandora

Pandora

The Pandora app made a difference in my podcast.  In October 2017, I created the Speak Life Podcast. I implemented every organic strategy I could to make it a success. The best thing I did was give it to God. All the other so called strategies didn’t help that much.

With God all things are possible.

Some time in November 2018 the podcast received about 800 downloads a month.  At the time that was its’ zenith.  Then something incredible happened.

I was asked if I would like to have my show placed on the online music platform known as Pandora. The streaming music giant was getting into podcasting and wanted to beta test a few podcast. It was a win that only could have come from the Lord.

This is a podcast of encouragement. It a show to restore peoples relationship with God. It shares that we have the freedom not to sin. The same power that crushed death and raised Christ from the dead; is now at work in us through God’s energizing Spirit. This podcast seeks to build faith, produce joy and point out God’s work in our lives.

After being on Pandora, in December 2018, the show statistics reached 3000 downloads that month.

As of this post in January 2019, we are over 4200 downloads.

Pandora is now the leading aggregator for this podcast.

The Apostle Paul was known for his missionary journeys. His work laid the foundation for the spread of the Gospel. he launched churches near port cities that helped the good news go viral. This is the power of podcasting today.

Recognizing the influence of tech and mobile computing the Lord has called me to provide a way to feed the Spirit. In my heart, Paul would use podcasting to spread joy, encourage, and strengthen the people.  Remember to:

get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. To be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you  -Ephesians 4:31-32

Through the Speak Life podcast I seek to spread the love of Christ and the Gospel message to the world.

Speak Life Podcast now available on the Pandora App.

 

You can listen on Pandora too.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.

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