Internet privacy is something I think we take for granted.
For the most part, much of the web is free, especially Google and Facebook services. If we take a moment and think about, though, why would Google and Facebook spend all that money to serve millions for a few sidebar ads?
They want your data.
Here’s a closer look at just how unprivate the Internet really is:
What do you think the chances are of you becoming a hacker’s target?
Believe it or not, you and I have a 69% chance of falling victim to cybercrime in your lifetime.
Sheesh! That’s a lot higher than I would have guessed!
Here’s the lowdown:
I know that upgrading any paid services for a church can be a real arm twister. I am all about saving money and maximizing how much the church spends on anything, but sometimes you can save more by spending more.
Let me explain.
The top two obstacles facing Church IT is volunteers and funding. The real pickle about this, is usually you can function fairly well if you have at least one of these. If you have volunteers, you can get away with spending less. If you can spend more, then you can get away with fewer volunteers. Of course, you can only imagine how awesome it would be to have both! Here’s where upgrading your church website services can help both areas: finances and volunteers.
Are you making it easy for hackers? Have you been hacked?
Here are the top five mistakes made to make themselves open to compromise from hackers.
“Knowing is half the battle.”
Take a look:
An attack on WordPress is sweeping across the web as analysts suspect a “never-before-seen” super botnet is being created that could threaten the web as a whole.
“With so much at stake, readers who run WordPress sites are strongly advised to lock down their servers immediately. The effort may not only protect the security of the individual site. It could help safeguard the Internet as a whole.”
Using more than 90,000 IP addresses, this attack is using brute-force to break open logins on WordPress systems. By leveraging these servers bandwidth and power, the damage would be substantially more than a DDoS attack.
Is your church website safe?
Here’s what to do:
Every bit of blog comment spam or phishing emails I receive, I ask myself, “Who are these people?” and “Is it really worth the effort?”
According to the infographic, below, it would appear so.
I wasn’t surprised that 156 million phishing emails are sent every day (just peak in your Gmail spam folder–there’s plenty of email phishing in there).
What really surprised me, was the 80,000 people who fall for phishing scams–every day!
Take a look:
Update your passwords and don’t make them too easy.
Yeah, yeah … we’ve heard it hundreds of times, but what does data theft really cost us other than time and a huge pain in the tail?
“The economy loses an average of $22,346 for every time an identity is stolen.”
Yikes! That’s serious!
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With tablet usage on the rise and the necessity of child security in today’s ministry, many churches are looking for alternate ways to handle their check-in system. The growing trend to “ditch the desktop” and move to a more flexible and freeform version of the check-in system can leave you with a few headaches as you find there are limitations to wireless setups. This can result in you scratching your head at questions like “How do I get my iPad to communicate with my church data?” “Can I just use my iPad to check kids into class?” and “how do I print check-in labels from my mobile device without a computer?”
If you’re in the ring and fighting for child security in your ministry, these questions are simply hurdles; they’re not roadblocks. By the Book has a great software solution to help you surmount all three in one punch.
Recently I wrote a post about some tips for making your WordPress site more secure.
Now that your site is all secure, you might want to tackle another bane of running a site – comment spam!
Do you despise it as much as I do!?!
If you’ve got a WordPress site, I’m sure you’ll have seen that it comes with the ‘Akismet‘ plugin. Akismet is a spam killing system that’s running by Automattic, the company that ‘looks after’ WordPress (and runs the hosted WordPress solution wordpress.com).
Akismet can do a great job, but there are a couple of things that can make it less attractive: