My brain just imploded when I first read this.
Can you believe that Religious Websites Are More Dangerous Than Porn Sites?
It’s wrong on so many levels.
According to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report (2011), religious/ideological websites are three times more likely, on average, to be infected with malware than porn sites.
We hypothesize that this is because pornographic website owners already make money from the internet and, as a result, have a vested interest in keeping their sites malware-free – it’s not good for repeat business.
So, it would seem that pornographers put a little more thought into their web presence than churches do. Granted, adults sites generate revenue, so it’s just good business sense to keep the porn sites free of malware.
But aren’t churches supposed to be active extensions of Christ’s Kingdom, working to bring others into a loving relationship with Him?
Shouldn’t our web presence be a reflection of His amazing presence within us?
Whatever happened to “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”? (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Better than Porn
Can we admit that if we preach that marital sex is holy and better than porn then our websites ought to be better than porn sites?
Now, how do we go about this?
1. Stay Current
Keep your website up-to-date, including all scripts, plug-ins, passwords, etc. Yet, more than the site, keep yourself updated on new threats and vulnerabilities.
2. Be Realistic
Don’t assume that it can’t happen to you. Every site is a target. Even yours.
Backup your site frequently. That way, if the worst does happen, you can go scorched earth on your server and restore from a previous, healthy version.
4. Trust the Pros
If you’re not confident about your abilities to secure your site, there are many professional options available. In fact, your site’s host might already offer a free or cheap backup service.
5. Scan It
Finally, scan your church website. It’s free and easy!
Is malware something that we might just have to accept on church sites?
Is malware this millennium’s crappy animated GIF cross?