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The Remote Church- Before You Use ZOOM
If your Church/Ministry is using ZOOM or any other meeting platform for your remote worship services, bible studies, and meetups... PAY CLOSE ATTENTION!
We have heard reports of hundreds of churches experiencing "zoombombing" in just the past week. We personally have had conversations with churches and schools that have experienced this misfortune in just the past few days.
What is Zoombombing?
Zoombombing is when hackers or "trolls" come into your zoom meeting to post inappropriate things, promote hate speech, or take over the meeting altogether! In some cases, these hackers and trolls have taken over meetings and caused great emotional harm.
How to take preventative measures against this.
If you are using Zoom, check out this article recently posted by CNET as it provides some good insight.
Whatever platform you're using to live stream or have meetings, make sure you get familiar with the best security practices that they recommend to avoid having trolls or hackers invade.
When you get emails and messages from the provider you use for your meetings & live streams, READ THEM. A simple adjustment in a setting could make the difference of helping your ministry avoid the dreaded mishap of being invaded in your next remote meeting/live stream.
Though Live Streaming and Virtual Meeting are not in our wheelhouse of features at ChurchTrac, we will keep a close eye on this as so many ministries are using these services.