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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 
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2A in Spanish

2A in Spanish

Introducing El Segundo Edicto

There is a segment of our great Nation that is not heard from much in the larger gun community.  I hope to change that.  It’s an audacious goal.  I am working with a new friend to launch a pro-gun podcast in Spanish called El Segundo Edicto, our version of The Second Amendment.  I love podcasting and know how to do it right.  The actual language part I am going to rely on my Latino family.  Back in 2009, I started the Latin Gun Owners group on Facebook and got some real brothers to keep it going.  My gift is starting things.

Life happens and I am not sure how successful this will be but we are going to try it.

The gun rights movement is as diverse as America but you won’t see much proof of it in mainstream media. Over the past twenty five years as a firearms instructor and advocate I have become the Ambassador of Diversity Pro Tempore.

The goal is to educate, help spread gun rights, and share the love of the shooting sports to speakers of Spanish in and outside the United States. Americans of Latin orgin, in my opinion are steadfastly ignored in too many circles. They are overlooked in politics and the gun industry. I know Hispanics and Brazilians that are competitive shooters, recreational gun owners, and trainers.

I’m not quite sure where my love of all Spanish and Portuguese people comes from but there are some clues in my past.

My mother would say it was my first crush in kindergarten, or maybe it was me risking my life to date my first girlfriend in high school who was Hispanic. Her father didn’t want her to date till she was 18. Oh I have stories. I grew up in the time of the great War on Drugs. I have lived in Brazil and have spent time in Honduras, El Salvador, Cuba, and Guatemala. My passport may have been stamped in a few other countries too, but you get the picture.

I once had goals to become a DEA agent after college. I watched Miami Vice every Friday even while in police academy. As a gun owner, and activist this was destined that I eventually got around to including a portion of my life nobody knew.

I won’t be the host but will help with production and distribution. I was blessed to find someone that was ready to rock it.

Be on the lookout for “The Second Edict with Carlos Alvarez” podcast (el Segundo Edicto). It’s where 2A meets Telemundo. I’ll be looking for sponsors to help me keep it going.

From the podcast translation

Yes, we are starting a series of programs thanks to Blanchard Productions that has placed its trust in us. And let me introduce myself so that you can see, know, in this beginning of who is speaking to you. I am an American citizen like you who came to this country legally, right?

Because from the place where I come from, Puerto Rico, then, you can already be born with American citizenship, and obviously the influences of everything that is politics and the American system is very noticeable in Puerto Rico, and one of the most interesting things is to be able to have the freedom to do business.

As American citizens we have the freedom to do business, to be able to exercise our constitutional rights, and thanks to that freedom I have been able to prepare myself and have the opportunity to assist families and individuals in various topics, in various areas, including finances, insurances and public policy.

So with that short and small introduction obviously, as a father of four daughters and married for almost 20 years, it takes me to be able to enter into this dynamic that exists, and that the Hispanic community can understand that when we have the opportunity to get to this nation, all American citizens, those who come here legally to our nation, have rights. They have rights, this is much more than the immigration issue that has been exaggeratedly exploited and has not been taken informatively, journalistically speaking, in the best way, and on the contrary, it has been politicized.

Given that case and others, such as the right to free expression, the right to keep and bear arms in this nation and others, is where we are going to assemble and have an honest conversation in these programs that you are going to have the opportunity to listen and that you will also have the opportunity to analyze. After that analysis, possibly be able to give continuity to any relevant topic that has to do with our constitutional rights.

In this case, we are going to be playing well, very close to the constitutional right that all American citizens have regarding what the second amendment is. So, it should be noted that you have to know, by way of introduction, you really have to know how it is that this constitutional right that is so widely spoken in this nation, has come or becomes an important part even at the beginning of the development and the creation of the Republic that is the United States, is a Republic.

….so, my dear friend, thank you for paying attention to this intervention, where our intention will be to keep and informed of the constitutional rights, especially the constitutional right that we have named in the second amendment, and topics that have to do with our freedom as citizens, so until the next time…

CA

 

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