Whenever someone comes onto your church’s website, I hope that you are collecting analtyics. But for those that do not know, so much of your user information is being collected with Internet cookies. But now with the new hype of electronic fingerprint access into everyday devices like your phone and laptop, instantly the issue of privacy becomes a problem. And let’s be clear, Apple does not have to store your data for the NSA to get, they only need to look at the cookies that tie into your device.
[Editor's Note: This post was updated July 19th, 2013]
Following the rules is important. Not only can breaking the rules get you into a lot of trouble, but it can make you look bad, too! That’s why it’s important to be the most well informed Church tech possible. At the same time, it is important to have the attitude of Proverbs 12:1,
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”
You never want to be that guy.
As much as all of us try to know the ins-and-outs of everything, there’s always going to be something we miss. That is why it’s important to give each other a hand. We are our brothers keeper. If I’m messing something up, I want to know!
UKnowKids.com is an Internet monitoring company designed to help parents keep their kids safe.
Besides offering Internet and social media monitoring, UKnowKids also offers several cool resources for parents and student workers like ebooks, infographics, and videos. Just this week, they’ve released a new infographic for Internet Safety month:
No not the “shiver me timbers” Jack Sparrow sort. I mean the serious issue of games and music piracy online,
Games piracy is a big issue for games developers, with hundreds of sites for sharing cracked games, thousands of people cracking games and Millions of people downloading the latest hits for free, it’s not surprising that sometimes the pirated game becomes more widespread that versions that are paid for.
This happened to the recent release of Games develper tycoon. But the creater of Games dev tycoon, Patrick Klug of Greenheart games, took an interesting course of action. Knowing that the game would be pirated, he leaked a pirated copy of the game.
I’ve said this time and time again.
There are three things a company or freelancer can do in providing a product or service.
- Do it cheap.
- Do it fast.
- Do it good.
But, you can only choose two, never all three.
Here’s a great infographic on that very concept:
There are few things more frustrating than having someone steal your idea, right? And yet, what if your idea is something so broad and obvious that it’s almost insane for you to have even claimed to be the sole originator of the idea?
These are, essentially, the two-sides of the coin in an ongoing patent battle between Personal Audio, Inc. and some of the larger names in podcasting (i.e. Adam Carolla and Marc Maron, among others). Essentially, Personal Audio is claiming to have “invented” podcasting and is suing these popular hosts in an attempt to make some money off their patent.
I don’t want to get into the case’s particulars because I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t want to really analyze the technical aspects of the patent except to say that this is a classic example of patent trolling. (I mean, come on! How do you patten such a vague and obvious idea? I could write more on this, and maybe I will, if there is a general call for it.) The real focus of this post is to bring attention to this issue and to highlight the need for pastors and Church techs to be aware.
Does your church, ministry, non-profit or business have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy?
Latptops, smartphones and tablets can be a very personal device, so many organizations have opted to craft a BYOD policy to streamline device purchases. It can give employees the opportunity to upgrade out of pocket and maintain personal preference. The days of purchasing 10 devices at once is moving over the horizon.
This is also a great option for non-profits and churches, as they may require particular pieces of tech–laptops and smartphones–but not provide them. This can be tricky to maintain–especially from a security standpoint–without drawing out some guidelines.
But how do you go about crafting a BYOD policy?
There are many different things to consider, so let this flowchart be your guide:
The White House petition process, while as fantastic and people-centric of an idea as I have seen in a long time, inadvertently became a reservoir for comedic electronic entry. There were serious entries, but those became sandwiched by the occasional secession applications and the request for the building of a Death Star.
Thankfully, the latter one was a bit too expensive.
A White House aide, R. David Edelman, recently responded to a formal petition referencing the recent decision to not renew the cell phone unlocking exemption to the DMCA by specifically stating in a blog post that the White House agreed with the petitioners “who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones.”