We need to be Watchful, over ourselves and our Data. It leads to questions like:
- Who is really to blame for the Facebook fiasco?
- Are You Facebook Protected?
- Who is really responsible for Your Data Going AWOL?
- How watchful do You and I need to be?
Do you, like me, find the timing of the Facebook data leaking news interesting? It has coincided with the timing of new data protection laws and regulations.
We are told that our data (within Facebook) is not as secure as we first believed. This affects over 2.13 billion active members as stories of misuse of the handling their data is revealed!
- What has happened since the story was released?
- Have people left in droves or changed over to other platforms?
- Are people considering where they put their data throughout the ether?
- Have people become complacent in their use of apps and advertising on the web?
I seem to have more questions than answers but I am interested … because computers and the use of Internet and the ether has become such an integral part of our lives.
Is God interested in this as well? I believe God is interested in the smallest detail of our lives, so yes. I sometimes wonder if God is watching and noticing how we create problems for ourselves, how we are handling them and then continuing the cycle!
You see, I can’t get away from the fact that some of these problems are our own fault! It’s easy to blame Mark Zuckerberg and other web developers who have made millions of pounds by providing a popular service but let’s look at some of the facts.
Those in the business of website platforms are always looking for easier ways for their users to make their app the first, and the foremost one used in our lives.
Facebook has been really successful in this. It began life as a way to keep in contact with friends and family and it has move forward, taking it users with them, blindly following, unquestioning and not paying attention to what is happening with their data.
I put my hand up, I am among these.
- When did you check the settings on an app you regularly use?
- When did you last unsubscribe or unfollow a person or organisation as a matter of choice?
- When did you last think before passing your email out in the great cyber unknown?
I found this comment on a forum recently; it was about receiving an email that was not intended for them (not from me I hasten to add!);
“Honestly, I wasn’t even aware that I had received an email that might not have been intended for me.
Many of us sign for so many things these days it’s hard to remember what we signed up for and what we didn’t.”
Does this resonate with you?
To entertain us, Facebook allowed companies to invite us to take quizzes, you know the ones:
- Which Disney character are you most like?
- What dog or cat reflects your personality?
- Which colour emotion are you?
It only takes a mouse click!
We are encouraged to share this with your friends so not only did your friends get access so did their friends, and the Quiz company got data to hundreds of people.
It’s the same with the Games, the word games, bubble games and the favourite ‘sweet-like’ puzzles. An invite from a trusted friend pops up and as it’s inside the trusted Facebook it is only a mouse click away!
We seem to be addicted to an easy life, and Facebook has helped us to do this—with our permission.
Facebook and others have access to our (and others) data.
Birthday greetings are automatically sent, forthcoming birthday reminders pop up.
How do they know?
We have happily provided this information in the first place.
When we are interested in particular service, a pop up window comes up and says Sign up using your Facebook account. This is one click away and easier that the hassle of putting in your email address and creating a new password directly with the new company!!
Each and every time you give a click with your mouse, your data is being freely given to others. It is you and I who are providing the information. So tell me who is really culpable?
We have stopped watching.
The Bible tells us to keep watch. God wants us to be aware of everything around us, waiting for His return and also being watchful for ourselves.
- Watching means – knowing what is happening around us, so informed choices can be made.
- Watching means – being aware of the invitations that are being accepted.
- Watching means – taking the time to understand the detail of the processes signed up for.
Are you being watchful?
When it comes to Facebook, you can check if you have inadvertently passed on your data when signing up to other stuff.
I’ve prepared a quick guide for you so you can see what you need to do to Protect your Data when using Facebook – See the bottom of the blog.
You can make the decision for your data future today. To be proactive on what you are going to accept and be watchful of your (and your friends) data.
- Do you ever wonder where or what else you need to be watchful about in your life?
- How watchful are you in the spiritual realm?
This realm is as invisible as the ether and cyber world which is our everyday usage and purchases: computers; mobile phones; fitbits; and gadgets such as Alexa or Echo!
- Who in the spiritual world wants your data and use it to turn you away from God?
- How do you watch world events? Is it with a surface interest (they don’t really affect me) or with a deeper understanding (they do affect me)?
- What actions are you taking to be watchful of your data?
They say we live in interesting times and are creators of our expanding world.
God gave us all the ability to create and He gave us free will. This means we do not have victim status but we do have choices.
As long as we are making these choices we are being watchful.
The moment we become comfortable, complacent or confident in our own strength then curiously enough we lose our watchful God given abilities!
- What do you think?
- Where do you need to become more watchful?
- Which watchful prayers do you need to be saying?
Let me know – on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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