We encourage you to manage both the spiritual and technology risks.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4
Jesus said “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” See Matthew 10:16-33.
Listen to God’s guidance for the battle, just like David.
“Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” The LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” 2 Samuel 5:19-20
Consider finding a Digital Hero, someone who lives in a secure location to sponsor your digital accounts.
Many online features are starting to require proof of identity so it is essential that you use a real name and can show ID if necessary. The more generic a person’s name, the better (i.e. Chris White). For example, before creating your Facebook fan page, you will need a Facebook user account. Create the user account in the name of your sponsor (or have them create it for you). You will be the primary one using this account, however, if someone from your people group’s country tries to report or shut down your page, you will have a real person’s information to securely dispute the issue. After creating your Facebook page, no one following the page will be able to see Chris White’s name except for Facebook staff and the government of India. Anything you post on your page would be posted by the name of your page, not Chris’ name.
Another important aspect about social media, like Facebook, is that it is rented ground. You do not own your Facebook page, and Facebook can take it away at anytime. If your page is in Arabic, many people in opposition to Christianity will most likely complain, flag, or report your content. Those who work for the Arabic Facebook are most likely in opposition to the spreading of the Gospel as well. This does not mean to stay away from this platform, but it is important that you consider the risks and costs that are involved.
Take the time to understand and limit risks by reading Risk Management Best Practices.
Ask the Lord which best practices He wants your team and partners to apply.
Do not give your personal information in response to an unsolicited request, whether it is over the phone or over the Internet. Emails and Internet pages created by criminals may look exactly like the real thing. You can learn more in this article.
After you finish Kingdom.Training, you will begin setting up your accounts and start working on your platform whether it be a website, Facebook or some other platform. The first service we recommend you to set up is an email account, like Gmail, reflecting the name you chose. Running a M2DMM system requires numerous accounts. It is VITAL that each of your accounts, ESPECIALLY your email account, have secure passwords that are never the same. We highly recommend using a password manager. It is a helpful tool for creating and storing secure passwords. With a service like this, you will only need to remember one password. For example you may consider 1Password password manager.
Weigh the risks of your security verses the unreached not hearing the gospel.
As you pray over security and risk management. Remember God is with you!
“I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” – Daniel 3:25
Before marking this unit as complete, be sure to finish the corresponding questions in your workbook.