If you are online, you must be prepared to be “overheard” or have a plan b if things go wrong, if you are hacked, or if you are discovered. The only protection against discovery that’s 100% is not having any electronics, being off the grid, and even then, that’s not a guarantee, especially if you read this article:

The concerns closely echoed similar objections raised by former NSA security contractor Edward Snowden during a May 2014 interview with NBC anchor Brian Williams. During that interview, Snowden explained how personal devices such as smartphones could be used by third parties to both covertly record conversations and cull a larger pool of metadata to reveal the “pattern of life” of any given user: READ MORE

So, some precautionary things:

  • Tape over your web cam when not in use.
  • If you have a removable battery, shut off your cell phone and remove the battery.
  • Talk in another room in low tones away from your smart television.
  • Use different words that mean something else to anyone listening. This is helpful in restaurants, too.

You want to use the tools we are given to share the Gospel. Paranoia is fear-based and won’t help your faith grow. Your faith will be affected the more fearful and paranoid you become. Being a believer, means embracing the life we were mean’t to live, but we also need to exercise caution. Let’s not needlessly put our ministries in danger.

With that thought, CMI is looking for people in cyber security to write articles on a monthly basis to teach regular people, pastors, and missionaries, especially in closed countries how to share the Gospel online and stay safe.

CMI is constantly evolving and changing. We are a new company looking to bring cybermissions to the pulpit and get every church member engaged in online ministry.

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